A renowned Ghanaian procurement specialist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PANAVEST International & partners, Professor Douglas Boateng, has asked African leaders to pay critical attention to procurement regimes in their respective countries.
Prof. Boateng, who would take part in the 2016 Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain- Ghana (CIPS) Awards Night to be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra under the theme: ‘Rise your voice, Raise your game for National Development and Industrialization’ , made the call in an exclusive interview with BUSINESS GUIDE yesterday in Accra.
Some institutions and individuals, who have excelled in the areas of procurement and supply chain over the years in Ghana and on the international scene, are expected to be honoured during the event, BUSINESS GUIDE gathered.
According to him, the procurement regime on the Africa Continent, particularly Ghana, has been generally weak for a long period and that has led countries in the sub-region to lose revenue.
Prof Boateng, who has been touring Africa as an icon pushing for procurement to be professionalizing, expressed the belief that the dream of industrializing the continent cannot be achieved if the issues of procurement was not taken seriously.
“unless the continent and Ghana for that matter takes procurement seriously this dream of industrializing the continent will be pale dream because whatever we buy has an impact on local industry”, Prof. Boateng, who has been a procurement specialist for about 25 years, said.
He urged African leaders to find suitable way to upholding the professionalism so that the procurement practitioners can better understand the impact of their job on the development and growth of the continent.
According to him, a sound procurement and supply regime operated by professionalism has been partly responsible for development of the western world stressing the need for a paradigm shift in the ‘crude’ way procurement and supply are being carried out in Africa.
He complained about the high importation of goods into the continent, adding that some of theses products could be produced or sourced locally in order to save the sub-regime some foreign exchange.
“There are certain basic things which I believe should really not to be imported – toothpick, orange juice, underwear, slippers, tomatoes – I believe all these things government should find a way of producing them locally”.
Meanwhile president of CIPS Ghana, Stella Aku Addo told BUSINESS GUIDE that the theme for this year’s award was chosen specifically to impress procurement and supply professionals to help promote profession through the creation of awareness
Author/Writer: Melvin Tarlue (DailyGuide)