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12 April 2012 | Adam Leach
CIPS is launching a regional office to bring together its operations in east, west and southern Africa.
Called CIPS Africa, the move announced today will see the CIPS office based in Pretoria manage the process of bringing together the institute’s 16,000 members across sub-Saharan Africa. CIPS Africa managing director André Coetzee will lead the changes and will be embarking on a series of lectures across east and west Africa in September to meet members and explain the move.
“We are delighted to be making this announcement and underlining our commitment to the African region,” he said in a statement. “We strongly believe that by offering local support to all members across the continent, we will create a stronger and more powerful procurement and supply community.”
CEO of CIPS David Noble said: “There is little doubt that Africa is growing exponentially as an economic centre. Good procurement and supply is increasingly being recognised as fundamental to this success and we have already seen a number of African countries mandate CIPS qualifications in the public sector arena. This move will ensure that our experience and on-the-ground expertise will benefit all our members, bringing them an even greater CIPS.”
CIPS currently has 11 branches in the region and a further seven in South Africa. Exams and assessments provided through the new group will continue to be managed by the CIPS UK team.
CIPS’ activity in north Africa will continue to be managed by the CIPS Middle East and North Africa office in Dubai, where a full service institute will open in November.