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30 July 2014 | Will Green in Lusaka
Zambia’s minister of commerce, trade and industry Robert Sichinga has called on procurement professionals to work together to “fight the scourge of corruption and fraud”.
Sichinga told the CIPS Pan African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia yesterday that more than 50 per cent of the Zambian government’s budget went through procurement but it was “imperative you are not tempted to engage in fraudulent processes”.
“One of the ways we can deal with this is promoting ethics in procurement that will prevent procurement professionals engaging with fraudulent activities,” he said. “It [fraud] must involve someone in procurement because they know how the system works.”
Sichinga told delegates that buyers faced challenges from a shift in global economic power from west to east, commodity shortages and the need to use procurement to support local suppliers and promote development. “It’s clear that supply chain management is critical to the development of any country,” he said.
He added: “Procurement and supply chain management requirements have already changed and you need to change with the times.
“Are you professionals up to scratch? Can you withstand the temptations of corruption, enticements so you can make a little money on the side?
“Do you understand the global dynamics working around you now and in the future? Do you understand the complexities of project management?”