IFPSM Summit signals Africa’s readiness to spearhead growth
SEE ALSO :Kenya hosts another major global summitFor the next four years, I personally offered office space, furniture and computers and paid the KISM secretariat as we embarked on stakeholder engagement and membership recruitment to build KISM. Fifteen years later, we have a fulltime secretariat, a 17-storey head office nearing completion, thousands of members, in addition to thousands of students in several universities enrolled for Masters and PhD degree programmes in supply chain and procurement. We now have local certification exams, reducing reliance on expensive international examinations. We also have well-entrenched international networks, policy directorate, procurement law and review board. Good procurement is about obtaining the best value deal and delivering the highest standards of public service. However, sustainable procurement in public sector purchasing delivers broader social and economic benefits. That is why we must underscore the importance of adapting procurement processes to promote inclusive growth. This will involve greater collaboration which means working with stakeholders from the outset so that procurement can inform the design of new ways to deliver services more efficiently. If we are going to continue to be at the forefront of innovation and reform in procurement, then the development of commercial skills and capability is crucial. That needs a commitment across both the public and private sector. The structured expansion of the procurement environment will serve us well because on the commercial front, Kenya is uniquely positioned as a gateway to East, Central and southern African countries — bringing together a market of close to 500 million people. The country is, therefore, suitably leveraged to provide opportunities to expand regional and international trade and implement new innovative thinking in supply chain processes. I will be uniquely positioned to promote linkages between our national agenda and the new world order as the IFPSM regional vice-president for Africa, even as I understudy the institute’s next president, Slovenian Maria Lindic, before I succeed her in 2023. - The writer is the chairman of Kenya Institute of Supply Management and vice-president for IFPSM
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