SPW_GP2016.jpgAs Smart Procurement World marks its 10th anniversary, the Gauteng conference underway at Gallagher Convention Centre has drawn on its opening morning more than 1 000 delegates, speakers and exhibitors.

The conference kicked off with some entertainment from the famous puppet comedian, Chester Missing highlighting side-splitting commentary on South African current affairs.

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Well known international and national speakers tackled an invigorating topic about “what is a procurement executive’s appropriate commercial response to the economic crisis?”

Panellists included: Ian George; International Procurement Transformation Lead, United Kingdom, Venkatesan Giridhar, Vice President; Finance & Commercial, Anglogold Ashanti, Zoleka Lisa, Regional Strategic Programmes Manager, SABMiller Procurement, Ronald Flockhart, Head; Group Sourcing & Category Management, FirstRand Limited, Rajenndra Khatri, AVP & Head; Commercial Africa, Jindal Mining Africa, Edward Thomas, Group Executive Manager, Transnet SOC

“It is also important for SMEs to utilise this opportunity presented by Smart Procurement to network, mingle and create business and other businesses.”

It is important for big corporates to support SMEs and enterprise development can be a good tool to uplift SMEs and localise suppliers, said KeaObaka Mahuma, head; Enterprise Development (Africa) and CIB Support Services, Corporate & Investment Banking, Barclays Bank Africa, while addressing delegates this morning.

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