The PPP Commission was established as the Privatisation Commission under the Public Enterprises (Privatization) Act of 1996. It started operation in April 1996 with its Head Office in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi. It was established to implement divestiture of direct or indirect state interests in State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
Following increased popularity and success stories of public private partnerships in various countries around the world and within the region, the country embraced the concept for the first time in 2005. The passing of the PPP policy in May 2011 and later the PPP Act in December of the same year as the enabling tools for implementation of PPPs.
The PPP Act was made effective from 1st July 2012 having been assented to on 22nd December 2011. Following the passing of the PPP bill, the PC was renamed the PPP Commission in 2013 to spearhead the implementation of PPPs in the country.