The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is to expand its local presence and launch CIPS Africa.
This exciting new development will see all 16,000 CIPS members across Sub Saharan Africa brought together to be supported initially from the CIPS Southern Africa office, based in Pretoria. This new initiative will be led by Managing Director, Andre Coetzee.
David Noble, CEO of CIPS 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.”
Andre Coetzee, Managing Director of CIPS Africa said: “We are delighted to be making this announcement and underlining our commitment to the African region. We strongly believe by offering local support to all members across the continent we will create a stronger and more powerful procurement and supply community.
As part of this initiative, a strategic advisory group will be set up to include representatives from East, West and Southern Africa which will help shape the future CIPS presence in the region. North Africa will continue to be serviced by CIPS MENA office based in Dubai.
Andre Coetzee along with other CIPS officers will be undertaking a series of supply chain lectures across East and West Africa in September to meet members and explain the developments in more detail.
CIPS runs nearly 45,000 examinations every year across the region from 60 study centres, has 11 African branches with an additional 7 in South Africa. CIPS currently works and supports many organisations from both the private and public sectors across the Africa region. The launch of CIPS Africa will also enable CIPS to support these and other organisations in sub-Saharan Africa more effectively, helping them to develop their procurement and supply chain capability.
The CIPS Africa office will remain part of the CIPS Group based in the UK. Exams and assessments will still be executed and managed by the UK.