SmartProcurement has joined forces with SAPICS to offer Africa’s largest-ever online event for supply chain and procurement professionals.
Africa Supply Chain in Action takes place on 19 and 20 August 2020. It is expected to bring together more than 1 000 supply chain and procurement professionals.
“Sharing knowledge, networking and upskilling the profession is vital right now and cannot be put on hold until social distancing is behind us and traditional educational events can resume”, said SAPICS President, Keabetswe Mpane.
SAPICS is a supply chain management professional body.
Africa Supply Chain in Action was officially launched at the beginning of July. Representatives from 20 countries – from Angola and Australia to Zambia and Zimbabwe – attended the online launch.
Addressing the attendees, Mpane said that “these are unusual times and it is imperative that we pull together to strengthen our supply chains across the African continent. We all need to learn from each other. There is so much experience, knowledge and expertise available amongst all of us and now is the time for Africa to stand up tall and respond to this global crisis”.
“SAPICS has a history of nearly 60 years of supporting and building the supply chain community in Southern Africa. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with SmartProcurement to create a platform where supply chain and procurement professionals across the entire continent of Africa can meet”, Mpane added.
Guest speaker for SmartProcurement and CIPS Fellow, Ronald Mlalazi said that “Africa Supply Chain in Action enables professional bodies to speak with one voice and have a shared vision to provide a better life for an African child”.
“The event gives supply chain professionals a unified voice and platform to influence policy and eradicate poverty and corruption by raising the professional standard”, said Mlalazi.
The event will promote networking among the delegates and host a virtual exhibition for companies and individuals.
After the event, supply chain professionals will be able to link up and network using the SmartXchange platform. “This is a meeting system developed by SmartProcurement to connect professionals and create a marketplace for SMMEs. They can showcase their products and services to buyers, who can see and purchase their offerings”, explained Debbie Tagg, COO of SmartProcurement.
A percentage of the proceeds generated by Africa Supply Chain in Action will go towards training supply chain professionals in Africa.