The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has become the first government body in the United Arab Emirates to receive CIPS Corporate Certification – gold level.
ADEC, which reforms and develops education and educational institutions across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has already achieved standard and advanced levels of CIPS Corporate Certification. It reached gold level for its consistent integrity, evaluation and coordination of its procurement and supply chain processes, and the “great efforts” it makes to continuously improve performance.
Her Excellency Dr Amal Al Qubaisi (centre), Director general at ADEC, said: “We are proud to achieve this outstanding recognition and look forward to achieving further process excellence as part of our mission and vision to strive for world-class practices and knowledge.”
Khalifa Al Obaidli, procurement and contract division manager at ADEC (far left in photo), said it worked with CIPS to improve the procurement and contract division, by developing its strategy and processes.
“We achieved the gold level after assessing different dimensions within our division, some of which include leadership and organisation, the strategy, people, processes and systems and performance management,” he said.
Duncan Brock, director of customer relationships at CIPS, said he was “impressed with the commitment and drive shown by the leadership team to make changes and improvements to procurement activity”.
“They have offered good evidence and robust documentation and pulled in the right expertise to help support their transition to achieving this award. They have implemented best practice and are continuing to build capacity in their team and upskilling their staff,” he added.