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APSP to register 2000 supply,  procurement officers in 5 years

APSP to register 2000 supply, procurement officers in 5 years

THE Association of Procurement and Supplies Professionals (APSP) is targeting to register over 2000 members in five years in order to strengthen the professional body pushing forward economic growth agenda.

The procurement and supplies officers also have been challenged to exhibit professionalism while discharging their duties.

That was said by NMB Chief Executive Officer Ruth Zaipuna while opening an annual general meeting of APSP on Tuesday, adding that the practitioners have to tread carefully as their duties expose them to corruption opportunities.

“You should work according to your codes of conduct that is by demonstrating the highest standards of professional competence, efficiency and effectiveness,” Ms Zaipuna said.

She further urged the procurement and supplies officers to work diligently in supporting policy-makers in maintaining public trust in the integrity of the procurement process.

According to Ms Zaipuna, procurement and supplies officers have a noble duty of living up to the challenge of using resources for the public good, in accordance with the law and government policy. She equally challenged the cadre to remain relevant in the digital era.

“If anything, you also need to be acquainted with the market needs,” she added.

APSP Chairperson Emmanuel Urembo urged his members to closely work with the private sector to complement the government’s efforts of growing the country’s economy.

“We also have a role of supporting the private sector as we set our sights in building the economy,” Mr Urembo said adding the body set a target of registering more than 2000 members in the next five years.

During the meeting, the procurement and supplies officers agreed to work in synergy in identifying conflict of interest and procurement risk indicators.

The AGM was a precursor to the 12th Procurement and Supplies Professionals and Technicians Board (PSPTB) annual conference which kicked off at the same venue, here .

It featured all professionals in the cadre to discuss the deliberate issues around thematic area of “innovative solutions for sustainable procurement and supply chain practices: “realising competitiveness and industrialization for social development”.

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Author: ABDINEGO MARTIN

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