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Rwanda: 300 Awarded Certificates in Procurement Courses


AllAfrica.com

By Sarah Kwihangana

September 28, 2012

The School of Finance and Banking (SFB) has awarded certificates to over 300 students who have completed training in professional procurement courses.

The 2nd certificate awarding ceremony was held yesterday in Kigali under the theme “Twinning arrangement to develop capacity in procurement for Rwanda.”

The director general, Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA), Augustus Seminega said that training in professional short courses in procurement is in line with government’s plan to ensure good public procurement practices through skilled manpower.

“Initially, we had no institution offering such courses. I am happy that now our procurement officers can undertake such trainings here in Rwanda and, in turn, our employees acquire more skills,” Seminega said, adding that he was optimistic that the graduands will contribute to good practices to public procurement.

He called on the students to implement what they had learnt and also encourage their colleagues in the same field to pursue such professional courses. He further called for more people to take on these courses since there is still a wide skills gap especially in public institutions.

SFB acting rector Papias Musafiri Malimba underlined the need to create a critical capacity building in the field of procurement as it still lacks skilled professionals.

He appealed to employers to facilitate their employees to acquire such skills and called on the graduates to study all the seven modules of the professional procurement courses.

Jean Pierre Munyabugingo, a procurement consultant and one of the graduates who was also awarded a certificate of trainer, said he had acquired a lot of knowledge in the four courses he had studied under the program.

“I did a course in training of trainers, procurement for good, works and services. These courses are very practical and the knowledge I acquired is going to help me perfect my work. As a trainer I will definitely assist people and organisations where there is a need.”

Peace Asiimwe, an accountant with RPPA, received a certificate in project management and procurement planning. She says it was additional knowledge as an accountant.

“This course has broadened my understanding of procurement practices and processes. I have learnt about the laws and regulations, the process of getting a tender among other things which I intend to put in practice.” Asiimwe said.

Various students received certificates in different fields of; project management and planning, procurement for goods, works, services, audit, and logistics, advanced contract management, and of these seven were awarded certificates for training of trainers.

A law is in the pipeline to put in place an institution in charge of accrediting procurement officers in the country in a bid to enhance professionalism.

Procurement Leaders Need to Challenge Tradition to Build a Resilient and Agile Function


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By IQPC Exchange

August, 24, 2012

LONDON, August 24, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ —

CPO Exchange releases results of pan-industry, C-level procurement survey:

  • 83% of procurement leaders agree that they need to rethink their procurement strategies to better position their organisations to tackle present and future challenge
  • 57% are aiming for cost reduction and better control of spend to improve efficiencies and gain greater influence in the organisation;
  • 45% of respondents are looking to improve stakeholder management and communication and;
  • 39% aim to streamline internal processes through deployment of procurement technologies.

Over the last six months IQPC Exchange spoke with a pan industry group of C-level procurement leaders spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to find out what strategies they have put in place to safeguard their organisations in the unsettled economic and political climate and how are their procurement departments are responding to the fact that volatility is the new ‘normal’.

83% of procurement leaders agree that they need to rethink their procurement strategies to better position their organisations to tackle present and future challenges. Consequently, procurement risk management and supplier risk management came up as a top priority for 62% surveyed.

Gathering business intelligence about their suppliers and key markets, closely monitoring critical KPIs and spreading their risk by having more suppliers are further strategies mentioned.

Livia Trubenova, Head of Research at the CPO Exchange, commented on the results: “This fascinating survey is just the start of our continuing research with CPOs. We can already see that procurement leaders are working on growing the influence of and recognition for the procurement function within their organisations I look forward to the lively debate and benchmarking at the next CPO Exchange!”

The CPO Exchange will be releasing expert views on these and other topics through speaker interviews and updated research findings with C-level procurement leaders on the CPO Exchange website http://www.cpoexchange.co.uk/PR. You can get involved by joining the CPO Exchange group on LinkedIn CPO Exchange to engage with leading procurement professionals.

The CPO Exchange is an invitation only event which brings together the most forward-thinking leaders in procurement to discuss strategic issues shaping their and your business agenda. This forum offers a perfect setting for leaders in procurement to network, benchmark and discuss effective business strategies. Attendees will tailor their agenda by selecting from a range of keynote presentations, lively panel debates, peer sharing roundtable discussions, interactive BrainWeave sessions and one-on-one business meetings of their choice.

For details of solution provider opportunities or to request your invitation, please get in touch with CPO Exchange team via exchangeinfo@iqpc.com or visit http://www.cpoexchange.co.uk/PR.

* Senior procurement professionals

About IQPC Exchange

IQPC Exchange provides business executives around the world with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programmes, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape.

Contact:

Beata Majcher+44(0)20-7368-9404

SOURCE  IQPC Exchange

Procurement and supply chain professionals converge over accountability


Myjoyonline.com

March 31, 2012

Over 500 senior executives and experts are expected to attend the Pan African conference on procurement and supply chain management from 8th to 9th of May, 2012 in South Africa.

Dr. Douglas Boateng, President and CEO of PanAvest International and Founding Chairman of KNUST’s West African Institute for Supply Chain Leadership will address the professionals at the 2012 Chartered Institute of Purchasing and supply (CIPS) conference under the theme “Risky Business”.

Participants will look at how procurement governance and professionalism can help negate business risks, plus assist governments to improve amongst others accountability and service delivery.

Dr Boateng currently chairs the institute’s Best Practice Adjudication Panel (Africa) and is also a FELLOW of the Institute. He is also the President of UK’s Institute of Operations Management-Africa, Editorial board member of Smart Procurement. He founded the West African Institute for Supply Chain leadership; a public private educational partnership between the PanAvest Foundation and KNUST Business School.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply is the worlds’ largest professional body that upholds professional standards in procurement and supply chain management.

Liberia: LPRC Management Pays U.S.$900,000 to Scottish Company-Documentary Evidence Reveals


AllAfrica.com

February 14th, 2012

Documentary evidence in possession of the Independent Authoritative Heritage reveals that the Management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company(LPRC) paid the amount of US$900,000.00 to a Scottish company called Motherwell Bridge Limited (MBL) on May 12, 2011 for procurement of bulk materials for two of the various storage tanks to be rehabilitated by MBL under Product Storage Terminal Rehabilitation & Expansion Project Contract, but the payment was made without the Board’s authorization and in the absence of MBL posting a performance guarantee security as requested by the Contract.

According to the documentary evidence- Board Resolution, the Board determined as insufficient the explanation provided by the Managing Director of LPRC, Mr. T. Nelson Williams, for payment of the US$900,000.00 without required Board authorization and the posting of required performance guarantee satisfactory to LPRC in keeping with the provisions of the Contract…Read more.

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