Final word from outgoing CIPS president

30 October 2009

30 October 2009

Departing CIPS president Bola Afolabi said the most rewarding aspect of his term has been the chance to promote procurement education in Africa.

"I am passionate about increasing opportunities for young people in Africa to have access to CIPS qualifications. I can even claim direct responsibility for the registration of 250 new student members from Nigeria - I physically carried their application forms to Easton House," he said.

Speaking in the CIPS Update pages of SM, Afolabi, whose tenure as president of CIPS ends tomorrow, said he's amazed how quickly the 12 months passed - and how much the institute has changed in that time.

He believes CIPS is weathering the downturn well - with growing membership - and he is "totally behind" the plans of CIPS CEO David Noble, who became head of the institute in June.

He said he has enormously enjoyed representing CIPS at events in Africa, Australia, the UK and US, and the response to the institute at these events confirms CIPS as "undisputedly the world leader for our profession".

Afolabi said colleagues on the institute's council have picked up his theme for the year - "leadership without boundaries" - and are "developing some great ideas that will shape CIPS for years to come".

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