22 May 2003 | David Arminas
The government minister with responsibility for all public-sector procurement will be a keynote speaker at this year's CIPS annual conference.
Paul Boateng, chief secretary to the treasury, will speak at October's Premier Conference and Supplier Forum, entitled "Inspiration2Action", in London.
He will be joined by Sir John Stevens, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, and David Andrews, chief executive of outsourcing specialists Xchanging.
Delegates to the two-day event in London will gain insights from leading procurement figures into how to quickly transform strategic ideas into action.
The subject of this year's main conference debate is whether purchasers pay only lip service to partnerships with suppliers.
John Ramsay, lecturer at Staffordshire University business school, will propose the motion that "Co-operation and partnerships are dead".
"Buyers want the best deal for their company," he told SM. "They are not really interested in suppliers feeling they have won."
• To register for the conference, which runs from 8-9 October at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London, and take advantage of an early-bird discount, visit www.cips.org
or call 01780 756777