Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ethekwini Municipality hosts first regional Smart Procurement World/Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo in KwaZulu-Natal

Supply Chain Management & Procurement professionals will attend the inaugural Smart Procurement World KwaZulu-Natal Summit to be held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 8 & 9 June 2016. The event which is SA’s largest and only Procurement and Inbound Supply Chain Indaba will feature 21st century practical tips.

Ethekwini Municipality has endorsed the event and is the official Host City Partner.
The launch of the Smart Procurement World initiative in Kwazulu-Natal is the ultimate procurement and inbound Supply Chain Conference and Expo that provide an opportunity for professional development and updates in Supply Chain Management. It also assists procurement professionals to better understand the demands placed on them to source local content and give them a platform to find SMMEs who can fit into their business structure.
The exhibition creates easy access for sourcing, procurement, purchasing and buying professionals both from government & the private sector.

Andre Petersen, Head: Supply Chain Management Unit, Ethekwini Municipality commenting on why Ethekwini Municipality has endorsed the event in KwaZulu-Natal, states, “The integrated business model aligns with the City’s transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation plan, such as the one outlined in the 2015/16 upgrade. The initiative promotes township economy revitalisation. Its procurement model for the event promote access to market for SMMEs giving them an opportunity to showcase their services and products. The initiative has a potential to expose and link townships SMMEs with local as well as international market which will assist to grow their business and improve chance of creating jobs."

The event organisers have welcomed the support and are excited to partner with the Municipality.
"We are pleased to have such support from the region with partners who have a shared vision for the economic imperative of not only enterprise & supplier development, but the reformation of supply chain. We know that ESD is not a legislative or only a South African concept, but rather a global movement, and competitive advantage that, when implemented correctly stimulates sustainable economic growth and transforms supply chain. However we can only achieve this through such partnerships and provide sustainable enterprise development through market access, business and financial support." Debbie Tagg, Chief Operations Officer, Smart Procurement World.

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