04 June 2009
Good procurement is essential to the strength of the Zambian economy, according to experts in the country.
Purchasing practitioners and business representatives told SM that procurement could help mitigate the corrosive force of corruption and empower local business.
Abraham Mutakila, president of the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply, said buying was "cardinal" to the economy because of the level of spend practitioners manage.
He argued that Zambia's financial strength would be much better if procurement had been given greater authority in the past.
Henry Kapesa, procurement and supply manager at Copperbelt Energy, said if procurement was not given enough authority the number of contracts let or managed improperly could rise - ultimately affecting the country's economy.
Daniel Kabamba, supply chain standards coordinator for mining firm Mopani Copper Mines, argued business awarded locally empowered suppliers and aided the gross domestic product.
He said the spin-off enabled government to invest in infrastructure and develop the country's manufacturing industry.
Fanuel Banda, president of the Mining Suppliers and Contractors Association, called on mining firms to do business with local suppliers, so that small to medium-sized companies could build capability.