Article by Tasneem Rakiep
The Smart Procurement World summit 2018 is the 5th annual Public Sector Supply Chain Summit designed for participants from private and public sector including national, provincial and local government as well as state owned entities offering the opportunity for professional development and updates in supply chain management. We often underestimate the power of networking. This conference provided such a platform for public and private sector to meet, engage and share best business practices.
The summit examined strategies essential to successfully implementing new government policies, and shared best practice in public sector supply chain management.
Procurement is a strategic tool in the hands of organisations. Governments around the world have realised that procurement can be utilised to achieve social, economic and strategic organisation objectives. The conference demonstrated how procurement spend can be utilised to achieve provincial objectives while ensuring economic growth, transformation and public value. Western Cape Government (WCG) played a key role in the success of the event as well as ensuring that the desired objectives are achieved i.e. #exceptionalImpact: driving inclusive growth and BeExceptional: creating value.
The WCG team via a collaboration between the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Transport and Public Works utilised the opportunity to register potential suppliers on the National Central Supplier Database. The Head of Treasury opened the conference with his key note address, followed by representatives from the WCG participating in or moderating panel discussions and conducting presentations:
- Presentation By Ms Marcia Korsten (Department of the Premier): A Provincial/ Municipal Economic Review and Outlook based on economic intelligence research outcomes that feature regional development and sectors of economic focus for the province specifically by analysing factors that is driving broad sector developments.
- Panel discussion by Mr Isac Smith (Provincial Treasury) and Mr John Peters (Department of Economic Development and Tourism): Economic development interventions are mainly focused on support for the growth of existing organisations and the creation of new businesses
- Panel discussion moderated by Ms Nadia Ebrahim (Provincial Treasury): Procurement and supply chain can play a major role in ensuring that organisations and even economies are stable and resilient against emerging threats through future proofing and social procurement.
- Panel discussion by Mr Rodney Moolman (Provincial Treasury): Making Exceptional Impact Across The Sectors – Public sector vs private sector: Is there any foundation for comparing and learning across the sectors
- Co-presentation by Mr Ishma’el Samodien and Mr Shuaib Samaai (both from Provincial Treasury): From good to great- best practices in analytics
- Presentation by Malibongwe Vusani: How to do business with Western Cape Government and Municipalities
- Discussion with Private Sector by Mr Rodney Moolman (Provincial Treasury) and Ms Tasneem Rakiep (Provincial Treasury): Western Cape Supplier Database:Making database available to corporates
As part of extending its service offering to businesses in the Western Cape, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism afforded businesses an opportunity to exhibit their offerings at a reduced cost at the Summit.
The summit provided an in depth view on improving the business processes for supply chain management, strategic sourcing, business partnerships, intelligent partnering, the importance of integrated relationships and cross functional teams in both private and public sector through engagements and discussions.