CIPS Announces 2015 Dates and Venues for Pan African Supply Chain Public Lecture Series

CIPS 2 April 2015

CIPS Announces 2015 Dates and Venues for Pan African Supply Chain Public Lecture Series

The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS), in partnership with Professor Douglas Boateng and the PanAvest Foundation, is pleased to announce the initial dates and venues for the 2015 Pan African Supply Chain Public Lecture Series.

The lecture series will be as follows::
• Livingstone (Zambia) on April 9th
• Accra (Ghana) on April 28th
• Uganda (Kampala) on May 8th
• Johannesburg (South Africa) on May 14th.

Dates and times for the KwaZulu-Natal, and Cape Town (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), and Lagos (Nigeria) legs of the series will be finalized following consultation with local representatives.

The theme for this year’s series is: Were We Ever on the Same Page: Negotiate, Agree in Specificities, and then Contract.  The lectures will shed light onto some of the reasons why a relative lack of negotiation on the continent is hampering, amongst other things, region-wide service delivery, organizational value chain performance and competitiveness, and broader socio-economic development.

As part of his Pan African quasi-academic and industrial social responsibility initiative, Professor Douglas Boateng, Africa’s first Professor Extraordinaire in Supply and Value Chain Management, and chairman of CIPS’s African Advisory Board, has once again agreed to deliver all of the 2015 series’ lectures.
Speaking in relation to the lecture series, Professor Boateng noted that: “One of the most important, but often misunderstood aspects of supply chain management is negotiation.” Contrary to popular belief, negotiation is not about price chiseling, rather it is the catalyst for building long term win-win relationships.”

“Appreciating negotiation’s strategic importance, and involving the right professionals from the outset can assist with achieving win-win value chain agreements and subsequent contracts,” he said.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr. Andre Coetzee, Managing Director for CIPS Africa, said, “This l series has been running successfully since 2012. andwe are delighted to once again partner with Professor Douglas Boateng on these strategically important skills development lectures. This joint initiative aims to create more awareness on how negotiations could be a game changer for the continent.”

Audiences are welcome to participate in the free and open public lectures include, private and public sector executives, government employees, accountants and finance officers, politicians, procurement, logistics and supply chain management practitioners, human resources personnel, scientists, doctors, agriculturalists, health and education service personnel, lawyers, consultants, administrators, policy makers, planners, ICT personnel, media practitioners, non-governmental organizational executives, trainers and academics, marketers, engineers, surveyors, and project managers, among others.

All of the upcoming public lectures are recognized by both the UK’s Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and the Institute of Operations Management ‒ as part of their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) initiatives in Africa. Seats for the lecture series are available on a strictly first come, first reserved basis. Interested parties should contact their local CIPS offices/branches for more information.

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