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ZIPS urges professionalism in procurement

ZAMBIA Institute of Purchasing and Supply vice-president James Mwaba says members of the institute should undertake procurement activities in a more professional manner.

And Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo says many of the audit queries that the province was recording emanated from the procurement department.

Speaking during the first-ever ZIPS Eastern Province chapter gala dinner at Luangwa House on Friday night, Mwaba, who explained the institute’s mandate, said they conduct routine compliance and inspection to all those that were practicing procurement and the supply chain.

“As a profession, we need to ensure that we become a more productive institution by providing professional guidance. Let me mention that instead of us being a value addition institution in our practices, we have actually been more obsessed with compliance activities, thereby not actually providing the much value needed procurement to the public institution. I would like to urge all of us professionals and practitioners to ensure that we take procurement activities in a more professional manner to deliver value,” said Mwaba.
“We need to develop our skill so that we can be respected as strategists rather than doing just compliant procurement practices, you will be irrelevant and you will not find boardroom space if we want to be doing what everyone can do. We need to ensure that we begin to add value so that our nation can develop. Procurement is a very key profession, it’s just like any other profession like accounting, finance and law,” said Mwaba.

ZIPS Eastern Province chapter chairperson Justin Mulimo said after the induction last year, the chapter had embarked on an ambitious programme to raise awareness of its existence in the province.

And Kasolo said the province had a lot of audit queries in the procurement department before his coming.

He said government was reviewing the public procurement Act of 2008 in order to strengthen the public procurement systems for government.

Kasolo said the procurement Act No. 12 of 2008 and its regulation would be thoroughly reviewed and enacted during the 7th National Development Plan period, which was 2018 to 2021.

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