The CIPS team together with the China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA), who are a non-profit organisation with over 2,000 member groups that acts as a bridge between government and enterprises and its partner in the region, hosted three local professional network events in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The events were designed to promote the benefits of CIPS and to help develop regional networks of procurement professionals, with the longer aim of creating vibrant regional procurement communities.
The CIPS team, consisted of David Noble, Cath Hill, Chris Gallagher and Malcolm Youngson, together with Charles Chen, CIPS General Manager in China and Merry Lui, CIPS Congress member for China.
All presentations were well received in all three cities. The media was present which culminated in some coverage in Shanghai’s Oriental Morning Post.
The trip also included CIPS attending two award ceremonies for over 200 Chinese students celebrating completion of their CIPS Awards.
The trip to Hong Kong included the annual general meeting of the CIPS Hong Kong branch and a dinner, with 50 attendees. David Noble gave a presentation on the future of the procurement profession, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Michael Richards, a CIPS Fellow and Purchasing Manager Jet Fuel at Cathay Pacific Airlines. Pictures of the visit can be viewed on CIPS Hong Kong branch Facebook page.
Thailand and Singapore
Malcolm Youngson, CIPS head of membership and publishing visited Thailand and Singapore. Thailand saw the launch of another professional network and the appointment of a new chair, Allan Deacon, a Procurement Trainer and Consultant. Youngson also updated members in both countries on the development of the CIPS network across the region.