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The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the world’s largest independent professional body representing the procurement and  supply profession, is organising its annual Pan African Conference and  exhibition in Accra.

This landmark gathering, scheduled to take place from May 21 to 22, 2013, is expected to bring together corporate executives, financial controllers and directors, public sector decision makers, as well as supply chain, logistics and procurement practitioners from all sectors of African economies.

The conference is on the theme: “The strategic role of professional procurement in the development of Africa”.

It would attract high-profile and widely sought-after African and international speakers and business leaders such as Paula Gildert, Vice President of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Head of Development Strategic Sourcing, Novartis Pharma, EMeka Ezeh, Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement Nigeria, Chris Oanda, Chairman of Kenya Institute of Supplies Management.

Others are Prof. Benon Basheka, Professor of Public Procurement and Head of Higher Degrees, Uganda Management Institute (Uganda); Mr Silas Mensah, CEO of the Public Procurement Authority. Ghana; Dr Douglas Boateng, Chief Executive Officer of the PanAvest Partnership and Chairman of CIPS Advisory Board; Dr Tukiya Kansasa-Mabula, Deputy Governor (Administration) Bank of Zambia, and many renowned professionals.

Commenting on the conference, Mr Andre Coetzee, the Managing Director of CIPS Africa, said “The call for value adding professionalism from the procurement fraternity has never been greater. It is a fact that through well-trained, qualified and fit for the job procurement professionals, organisatons and society as a whole can sustainably achieve significant economic growth and development.”

There would be an exhibition which would run concurrently with the conference and companies or individuals wishing to exhibit to the Pan African audience would have to contact the organisers to showcase their array of products and services to the continental audience.

The regional-wide multi sectorial conference, which is the first to be held in Ghana, is expected to give the continent’s public and private sector executives and decision makers a real opportunity to gain insightful knowledge into professional procurement and its strategic link to long term economic development.

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