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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO REVIEW 2015-2020 STRATEGIC PLAN AND DEVELOP 2020-2025 STRATEGIC PLAN FOR COMPETITION AND FAIR TRADING COMMISSION

1.Introduction

(1.1)The Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) is a body corporate established under the Competition and Fair Trading Act, Cap 48:09 of the Laws of Malawi. Its mandate is to regulate, monitor, control and prevent acts or behaviours which are likely to adversely affect competition and fair trading in any market in Malawi.

(1.2)In pursuance of its mandate, the Commission carries out various functions as outlined under Section 8 of the Act as follows:

  1. To carry out, on its own initiative or at the request of any person, investigations in relation to the conduct of business so as to determine whether any enterprise is carrying on anticompetitive trade practices or unfair trading and the extent of such practices, if any;
  2. To carry out investigations on its own initiative or at the request of any person who may be adversely affected by a proposed merger;
  3. To take such action as it considers necessary or expedient to prevent or redress the creation of a merger or the abuse of a dominant position by an enterprise;
  4. To provide persons engaged in business with information regarding their rights and duties under the CFTA;
  5. To provide information for the guidance of consumers regarding their rights under the CFTA;
  6. To undertake studies and make available public reports regarding the operations of the CFTA;
  7. To cooperate with and assist any association or body of persons to develop and promote the observance of standards of conduct for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the provisions of the CFTA;
  8. To advise the Minister on such matters relating to the operation of the CFTA as it thinks fit or as may be requested by the Minister, and;
  9. To do all such acts and things as are necessary, incidental or conducive to the better carrying out of its functions under the CFTA.

1.3  In order to successfully execute its functions, the Commission developed a Strategic Plan, which guided its operations in the period from year 2015 to 2020. Since the life span of the Strategic Plan is coming to an end, there is need to develop a succeeding Strategic Plan covering period between year 2020 and 2025.

1.4 Apart from enabling it to fulfil its mandate, the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan will ensure that the Commission effectively contributes to the attainment of Malawi’s Constitutional provisions, Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III (MGDS III) and National Export Strategy (NES), among other existing legislation and strategies. The Strategic Plan will also enable the Commission to effectively respond to the ever changing business environment in which it operates.

1.5   The Strategic Plan will be implemented by the Secretariat with policy guidance from Board of Commissioners and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The Secretariat shall also collaborate with other stakeholders such as sector regulators, local government authorities, regional competition bodies, traders, consumers and NGOs to minimize occurrence of anticompetitive and unfair trading practices on the market.

1.6   It is against this background that the Commission wishes to engage a consultant to develop the Commission’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan as outlined below.

2.Scope of the Assignment

The assignment will include:

  1. Presenting the Inception Report for the assignment;
  2. Conducting the review for 2015-2020 Strategic Plan including desk search and interviews with Commission’s staff, clients and other stakeholders;
  3. Compiling and submitting the report for the Strategic Plan Review;
  4. Drafting the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan;
  5. Presenting the draft Strategic Plan to the Commission for comments;
  6. Submitting the final Strategic Plan.

3.Required Skills and Competencies

The Consultant to undertake this assignment should have the following attributes:

  1. Should have experience, knowledge and skills in developing strategic plans for organizations;
  2. The lead Consultant should be a holder of at least a Master’s Degree in Economics, Management or Statistics;
  3. Should have demonstrable knowledge in Malawi Competition Policy, Competition and Fair Trading Act, and public institution dynamics;
  4. Should have excellent skills in both oral and written English, and ability to make PowerPoint presentations.

4.0  Application Procedure

All interested individuals are requested to submit Applications, which should include Application Letter, CV, a copy of the highest academic qualification and budget for the assignment; and the envelope containing the documents should be clearly labeled “Expression of Interest to Review 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and Develop 2020-2025 Strategic Plan for Competition and Fair Trading Commission”, and addressed to:-

 

The Executive Director

Competition and Fair Trading Commission

Off Presidential Way, 1st Floor, Golden Peacock Office Complex

City Centre

Private Bag 332

Capital City

Lilongwe 3

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be submitted to CFTC on or before 24th January, 2020. Late submissions will not be considered.

5.0 Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference copies can be obtained from the Commissions office                

Competition and Fair Trading Commission

Off Presidential Way, 1st Floor, Golden Peacock Office Complex

City Centre

Private Bag 332

Capital City-Lilongwe 3

or by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

INVITATION FOR BIDS-SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Reference Number: CFTC/NCB/MV/19/4

 

  1. The Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) has budgeted funds in its budget for 2019/20 financial year for the procurement of three SUV motor vehicles. CFTC therefore invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply and delivery of the following goods and services.

LOT NO.

QUANTITY

DESCRIPTION

DELIVERY PERIOD

1

3

SUV

6 -8 Weeks

  1. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the open tendering procedures contained in the Public Procurement Law and Regulations of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries.

  1. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information or inspect the Bidding Documents from the following address from Monday to Friday- 7:30 am to 4:00 pm;

The Corporate Services Manager

Competition and Fair Trading Commission

Off Presidential Way, 7th Floor, Golden Peacock Office Complex, City Centre

Private Bag 332

Capital City

Lilongwe 3

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by the interested bidders in person upon payment of a non-refundable fee of

MK 5,000.00 cash or bank certified cheque at the address in paragraph 3 during working hours only.

  1. Sealed bids clearly marked “Supply and Delivery of Motor vehicle” should be submitted into the Tender Box placed at the address below not later than 14:30 hours of 24th January, 2020.

The Chairperson,

Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee

Competition and Fair Trading Commission

Off Presidential Way, 7th Floor, Golden Peacock Office Complex, City Centre

Private Bag 332

Capital City

Lilongwe 3

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. Bids opening shall take place in the CFTC Board Room at New Golden Peacock Complex at 14:30 hours on the closing day (24th January,2020). All bids must be accompanied by a bid security of MK 500,000.00. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives, who may choose to attend.

  1. Late bids shall be rejected. CFTC reserves the right to reject any or all bids and cancel the procurement proceeding at any stage.

CFTC’S NEW BOARD CONSTITUTED, INDUCTED

The new board of Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) has been reconstituted. The Board of Commissioners underwent a two-day induction training that took place from 18th to 19th December, 2019 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.

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The new Board Members of Competition and Fair Trading Commission posing for a Photo after an Induction Session at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in December 2019

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CFTC ENHANCES TEAM SPIRIT AMONGST STAFF THROUGH EXERCISES

In order to enhance team spirit amongst its staff, Competition and Fair Trading Commission staff participated in various team building exercises that were held at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel from 11th to 13th December, 2019. The games that were conducted included sack race, tug-of-war, bottle filling, blind walk, aerobics, swimming and other water sports. The improved team work would result in effectively dealing with various competition and consumer protection concerns existing on Malawi markets.

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CFTC staff competing on sack race at Livingstonia Beach

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CFTC staff tussling in tug-of-war in the waters of Lake Malawi

CFTC observes the International Anti-Corruption Day

On 9th December 2019, CFTC joined the global community in commemorating the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme “My fight, Our fight; Corruption must fall.” The day is commemorated as an annual event in recognition of the United Nations Convention against Corruption which was signed in Mexico in 2003. This year, the event was held at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, and was attended by various government departments, public institutions and the private sector. The participants exhibited pavilions showcasing their efforts in fighting corruption at an institutional level.

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Member of CFTC Institutional Integrity Committee Fexter Katungwe sharing the Commission’s milestone achievements in the fight against corruption to Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Honourable Bright Msaka, SC

Minister of Trade Leads Malawian Market Stakeholders in Commemorating World Competition Day in Mangochi

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Honourable Salim Bagus, MP led Malawian traders, consumers and other stakeholders in commemorating World Competition Day that was held on 5th December, 2019 in Mangochi under the theme “The Role of Traders and Business Enterprises in Ensuring Effective Competition on the Market”. The commemoration event started with a parade from Meru Filling Station through the main market street to Mangochi Stadium, where speeches and various entertainment activities encouraged traders to promote and uphold principles of competition and consumer protection.

IMG 4829The Youth of Mangochi posing with placards carrying various messages promoting competition on the market just before the Competition Parade started

 IMG 4862Malawi Prison Brass Band Leading the Competition Parade during the Commemoration of World Competition Day in Mangochi

In his speech, the Minister urged all traders not to engage in any anticompetitive conducts for the good of the market and the economy of Malawi lest they would be punished. “I urge all traders in the country to desist from engaging in any anticompetitive business practices. At the same time, let me warn all traders that engage in anticompetitive trade practices that once caught, my Ministry, in collaboration with the Competition and Fair Trading Commission, will penalize all such traders with fines or imprisonment as provided for under the Competition and Fair Trading Act,” he said.

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Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Honourable Salim Bagus, MP Delivering a Speech during the Commemoration of World Competition Day at Mangochi Stadium

 

Apart from the Minister, the function was attended by the Member of Parliament for the area Honourable Victoria Kingston, the District Commissioner for Mangochi District Reverend Moses Chimphepo and the Acting Executive Director for CFTC Ms. Martha Kaukonde, among other dignitaries.

SCHOOL CLUB LAUNCH AT MPONDA’S CDSS

Competition and Fair Trading Commission uses various strategies including school clubs to promote competition and fair trading culture in communities. On 3rd December, 2019, the Commission launched a school club at Mponda’s Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mangochi. The club was launched as a platform for students to share knowledge and discuss issues regarding anticompetitive and unfair trading practices existing in their communities. The students performed various activities including music, dances, drama and poetry on the subject matter.

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Mponda’s CDSS students showcasing a sketch discouraging sale of expired goods by traders

 

On behalf of the Executive Director, Senior Analyst Augustine Nyirenda indicated that CFTC is committed to support the club in various ways to ensure that the club is effective both at school and the surrounding community. The staff of the school appreciated the CFTC initiative and pledged to encourage students to actively participate in the club activities.

CFTC Commemorates World AIDS Day in Mangochi

As part of the commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day, Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) visited Mangochi Orphan Education and Training (MOET) School in Mangochi on 2nd December, 2019. The day was commemorated under the theme “Communities Make a Difference”.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the Acting Executive Director, Senior Analyst Fexter Katungwe advised the pupils that they should play an active role in preventing spread of HIV and AIDS by practising abstinence and disseminating relevant messages to their peers and other members of their communities. The pupils displayed various activities such as music, dance, poetry, comedy and drama discouraging people from engaging in practices that expose them to the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.

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