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EXPO: Major Procurement and Supply Chain Event


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One of the more significant events on the business calendar this year, the Smart Procurement World 2010 Conference and Expo, will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand near Johannesburg from 16-18 November.

No less than 32 heavyweight local and international experts, including the keynote speakers, former National Prosecuting Authority head, Advocate Vusi Pikoli and First National Bank chief economist, Mr Cees Bruggemans, will address some 250 senior procurement and supply management professionals from both the public and private sectors from all over Southern Africa.

They will get to grips with some of the most challenging questions in procurement and supply chain management, a function that directly affects the bottom line of all businesses and government departments, and therefore by implication each and every South African. Find all the details at .

Adv Pikoli, known for his role as national prosecutions head in the cases against former Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and President Jacob Zuma, will for example address the challenges of countering fraud and corruption in the national supply chains. It has been estimated that corruption and poor procurement practices are costing South Africa losses of more than R25-billion each year.

Adv Pikoli is well-known for his firm stance on fraud and corruption and will be addressing the topic from a procurement and supply chain perspective. With both the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) and Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi having this week announced new initiatives to tackle corruption in government, this promises to be very topical.

A one-day technical risk management workshop on preventing fraud and corruption in supply chain management will also be hosted at the SmartProcurement World event.

Mr Bruggemans, a highly regarded South African economist, will open the event with a discussion and pointers as to where South Africa’s economy may be headed over the next 18 months. This is another critical issue for supply chain professionals and business in general, especially against a background of speculation about possible economic policy shifts by government, slow recovery from the recession and fears of a double-dip second recession.

Among the other top speakers addressing the conference will be both local and international procurement experts such as Prof Phoebe Bolton of the University of Stellenbosch and Gerd Kerkhoff. Bolton is a legal expert and author of The Law of Government Procurement in South Africa, while Kerkhoff is a specialist in procurement optimisation in the European Union.

In addition the conference will be addressed by leading authorities from business, academic institutions, banking, law and the National Treasury, the latter which prescribes policy for government procurement.

They will be discussing the latest developments and trends in strategic procurement and cost management, world-class supply chain benchmarks and standards, international public sector best practice, how to manage risk more effectively in both the public and private sectors, preventing and uncovering fraud, tender disputes and appeals, risk and supplier management, personal risk facing senior procurement professionals, sustainability, strategic sourcing, technology, and cost management among other things.

SmartProcurement World 2010 offers supply chain and procurement professionals, or anybody in private or public sector management, a rare opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts about sourcing strategically, improving buying, managing suppliers and contracts better, detecting and preventing fraud and corruption, managing costs, and raising standards in line with international best practices.

In effect the event will consist of two parallel conferences, namely the 4th Annual Smart Sourcing Conference and the 2nd Annual Public Sector Supply Chain Summit, taking place under the banner of SmartProcurement World 2010. There will also be “hot topic” panel discussions, two technical workshops and a supply chain expo of leading services, solutions and tools available to supply chain managers in commerce, government and industry.


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