African procurement awards open to entries

1 April 2011

2 April 2011 | Angeline Albert

Purchasing excellence in Africa is set to be rewarded with the help of Douglas Boateng who has been appointed chairman of the adjudication panel of experts for the CIPS awards there.

Boateng, a CIPS fellow and CEO of PanAvest International, a consultancy that offers supply chain management solutions, joins a team of independent procurement professionals to discuss and judge best practice procurement and supply chain management in Africa.

His expertise will be called upon to help select winners of CIPS’s second annual procurement awards in Africa. The event shines a spotlight on the contribution procurement professionals in the continent make to their organisation. The awards will be hosted at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on 24 May.

CIPS Southern Africa managing director Andre Coetzee, said: “Under Dr Boateng’s chairmanship we look forward to identifying and rewarding the pockets of excellence that exist in Southern Africa and the rest of the continent.”

The award categories are:

- Best procurement community project
- Best people development initiative
- Best process improvement initiative
- Best supplier relationship management
- Best supplier diversity project
- Best procurement project
- Best green procurement organisation
- Best procurement professional of the year (public and private sector)

Boateng, a CIPS fellow, added: “Procurement and supply chain management and Africa’s socio-economic growth are inextricably linked. The establishment of the awards was a clear indication of the seriousness CIPS attaches to identifying and nurturing world class practices in the region.”

Boateng is an external examiner and postgraduate and doctoral project superviser on supply chain management at UNISA's Graduate School of Business Leadership and president of the Institute of Operations Management Africa. He is also founding chairman of the West African Institute for Supply Chain Leadership in Ghana known as WAISCL. WAISCL is an exclusive supply chain training public private partnership between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and PanAvest Foundation.

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