After arriving in Namibia on Thursday last week, I spent Friday with several procurement, supply chain and logistics professionals at a conference organised by CIPS and the South African Production and Inventory Control Society.
During the usual networking opportunities, I met Efaishe Nghiidipaa who was the first and (for some time) only CIPS member in Namibia. The CIPS membership in Namibia has since risen to top 30 people - and there are plans to further extend the institute’s reach across the country. Nghiidipaa is playing a part in this and hopes to increase member numbers and boost the reputation of the profession in Namibia.
Given I had such a short time here, I leave with quite a limited view of the country’s purchasing expertise. But what I did learn is this: Namibia’s capital Windhoek is much more developed than the Zambian capital of Lusaka, but procurement in Zambia is streets ahead.
Namibia is moving in the right direction and if Nghiidipaa is anything to go by, the will and enthusiasm is there to really establish the profession.