The National Construction Industry Council of Malawi (NCIC) was established in 1996 by an Act of Parliament, Cap. 53:05 with a mandate to promote and develop the Construction Industry in Malawi, register persons engaged in the construction industry, co-ordinate training of persons engaged in the construction industry and generally to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the Construction Industry. Under Section 12(e) of the Act, the Council has powers to obtain and collate all available information concerning existing and proposed projects in Malawi in fulfillment of its mandate.
The Council is mandated through National Construction Industry (Project Registration) Regulations, 2012 of the NCI Act (Refer Malawi Gazette Supplement of 6th April 2018, Notice No. 12) to register all construction projects in the country. The regulations make it mandatory for project clients (also known as implementing agencies), contractors and consultants to individually register their construction projects with the Council within 21 days of contract signing or commencement failing which the project would be suspended until it complies with the regulations. In addition, the Council may impose an appropriate penalty to the contract parties.
The Project Registration is the major tool used to monitor progress and performance of the Construction Industry in its contribution to the economic development of the country. The information generated by Project Registration is primarily used to monitor and assess the performance of persons engaged in the Construction Industry as well as the contribution of the industry to the country’s GDP. The performance assessment is done by measuring the consultants and contractors within the spectrums of cost management, quality management, health and safety management, time management and environmental protection management. The assessment is aimed at obtaining and maintaining best practices in the industry in order to ensure value for money on all construction projects and increased client satisfaction.
The Project Registration Regulations apply to all construction projects being carried out in the country regardless of location, value, type, size or source of funds whatsoever. Upon registration, each project shall be provided with an identification number which shall be displayed on the project sign board on the site.