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Sapics And Cips to Host Conference On Supply Chain, Operations.

The Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa (SAPICS) has joined forced with the UK-based Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) to offer African supply chain and operations professionals yet another world-class educational event, the first ever SAPICS/CIPS Conference, to be held in Windhoek this month.

CIPS is an international organisation, based in the United Kingdom, serving the purchasing and supply profession. Dedicated to promoting good practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services to benefit members and the wider business community.

SAPICS president Ken Titmuss says the association is very excited to be collaborating with CIPS to offer this conference, which will feature an outstanding line-up of South African and international speakers, including David Smith, Chris Gallagher and Jonathan Dutton.

Currently the commercial director for the Department for Work and Pensions (the biggest Central Government Department in the United Kingdom), David Smith is accountable for an overall procurement spend of some £4 billion per year. He has specialised in procurement and commercial matters in the public sector for over 20 years.

Smith is a well-known and respected speaker on commercial strategy, delivery, e-commerce and contestability. A past member of the CIPS Board of Management and the CIPS Council, Smith was presented with the coveted 'Government Opportunities Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Procurement Excellence' in June 2006.

His presentation at the Windhoek conference is titled "What has Globalisation got to do with Public Sector Procurement?"

"Like it or not, supply chain management in the public sector is big business," David contends. "Like it or not, we buy into and manage a global marketplace. This can present new and real advantages to public sector procurement managers - but we need to understand the risks (and how to mitigate them), the barriers to success (and how to overcome them) as well as the rewards (and how to deliver them)."

Smith will speak from years of real and practical experience, to show delegates how to turn a global marketplace to their advantage, and how to ensure that national interests are not disadvantaged.

Chris Gallagher, director of International Development at CIPS, will discuss the evolution of supply chain management, including the stages of evolution, the Mckinsey model of supply chain maturity, and the management of fragile supply chains in difficult times.

Following Chris's presentation at the SAPICS/CIPS Conference, Jonathan Dutton, managing director of CIPS Australasia, will continue with the theme of supply chain management evolution, presenting a practical case study illustrating the "tyranny of SCM across distance". Jonathan's presentation also covers the question of global sourcing versus security of supply, as well as the issue of sustainable supply chains.

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Date:May 8, 2009
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