The New IFMIS is Malawi’s third attempt at installing a government financial management system. The selection of the SAP platform and its implementation approach was premised on the lessons learnt from the previous attempts and mistakes corrected.
Procurement of the New IFMIS System started in 2015. This process was Financed by World Bank under the Financial Reporting and Oversight Improvement Project (FROIP) in Malawi. Unfortunately, the FROIP project expired before acceptance of a successful bidder in April 2018.
The procurement process was an open tender and Malawi government decided to proceed with the procurement process using its own resources and thereafter awarded the contract to the successful bidder (Twenty Third Centuries) in March 2019.
Government of Malawi signed the contract with the supplier in March 2019 and project plan approved by the Steering Committee in June 2019 foresaw a “big bang” implementation whereby all required functionality would be operational for all central government budget agencies from July 2020.
However, emergence of multiple risks made government to revise the implementation strategy where a few selected votes were to be piloted. Ten MDAs have so far commenced transacting in the New IFMIS using core functionality from the start of 2020/21 FY.
Government is now operating using two (2) IFMIS Applications to process payments. The Epicor Based IFMIS (called the Current IFMIS) and the SAP Based IFMIS. The Epicor based IFMIS will be decommissioned once all votes (about 80) have been migrated to the SAP Based IFMIS (New IFMIS).
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