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19 August 2011 | Angeline Albert
buyers in Swaziland are urgently needed, according to the country’s minister of
Majozi Sithole’s comments were put to an audience of academics, policy makers, students, businessmen and NGOs
who attended the CIPS Southern Africa Distinguished Lecture Series event in the country.
gathered last month to hear a lecture by Dr Douglas Boateng, a CIPS
fellow and CEO of supply chain management consultancy PanAvest International.
Sithole’s comments were in support of Boateng’s contention that there are too many purchasing
practitioners and not enough professionals.
The minister highlighted the lack of a procurement licence to
practice and called on professional bodies to come together to improve
standards. “Most independent reports today confirm that supply chain management
is among the fastest growing vocations in the world. Unfortunately, unlike
other professions, there is no official licence to practice.”
Boateng said the presence of too many purchasing
practitioners and too few professionals is causing major competitive and
service delivery challenges for companies and governments in the emerging
The five-day lecture
series, delivered by Boateng, also visited KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern
Cape, the Western Cape and Johannesburg in South Africa this month.
Based on current global trends in CEO
appointments, Boateng said discerning procurement and supply chain
professionals will increasingly be called upon to take the helm because of
their mindset, as well as their vast strategic, governance and
Hundreds of supply chain and procurement professionals
from the private and public sectors attended the lecture series; the theme of
which was the changing role of the function in business and society.
André Coetzee, managing director of CIPS
Southern Africa, said: “Judging by the overwhelming success and feedback, I am
confident the distinguished lecture in partnership with Dr Douglas Boateng
shall become an annual event.”