TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), the region's leading trade development agency, has received the world's most prestigious corporate procurement certification.

The award makes TMEA the second organisation in Africa, after the Africa Development Bank, to receive the certification, and the first in East Africa. A global professional body, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) informed TMEA of the certification this week.

This comes after a detailed evaluation of the organisation's procurement structures and practices.

 "This award serves as further proof of TMEA adhering to the highest international standards in procurement, maintaining the principles of probity, transparency, consistency and fairness as a benchmark of good management," said TMEA Chief Executive Officer Frank Matsaert.