District Based Round Table Discussions launched at Western Cape Smart Procurement World Conference

Delegates at the 7th annual Smart Procurement World Western Cape event can look forward to being privy to a new district-based service delivery model announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The model aims to break down the silos between the different spheres of government and to improve service delivery. The initiative, which is aligned with the Western Cape Economic Procurement Policy, provides the impetus for the launch of the District Based Round Table Discussions at the event.

Procurement professionals from the public and private sectors as well as other relevant stakeholders in the region have been invited to participate in the facilitated round table discussions on district-related projects. “The idea is to agree on shared collaborative projects between government and private business which could drive local economic development and a focused procurement strategy. Thereafter we will present the findings from each table discussion to the entire audience for further insight into projects in other Metros,” says Keshni Reddy, Head of Commercial for Smart Procurement, the organisers of the event.

“We encourage representatives from the following regions to participate: City of Cape Town, Overberg District; West Coast District; Central Karoo District and the Cape Winelands District,” says Reddy. Should you wish to book a seat please contact our programme manager at pearl@smartprocurement.net or visit www.smartprocurementworld.com for more information.

“The City of Cape Town has been a sponsor of the Western Cape Smart Procurement initiative since 2014. The integrated business model is strategically aligned with the City’s transformation and economic development plans. The procurement model also promotes access to market and training for SMMEs, while providing them with a platform to showcase their products and services. The programme promotes growth and stimulates the environment to improve job creating opportunities,” says Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos.

“As a City, we are focused on creating an enabling environment for supplier development. I am driven by the overarching objective to make my portfolio the ‘Growth Directorate’ of the City. This means that we focus our energy on attracting investment which creates jobs and leads to economic growth,” adds Vos.

Being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 18 to 20 May 2020, and organised in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial Government, the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) and the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), the conference is characterised by a roundup of thought-provoking discussions.

“We have lined up a number of topics that are geared around provoking animated discussion and encouraging delegates to step outside the box. Examples include Shifting the dial in procurement: From an enabler of cost reduction to a creator of sustainable economic development by Rob Van den Wijngaard – Director FSSC, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands, Programme Manager SSC, University of Cape Town; and Fixing the future of procurement – Bringing fresh ideas to an established function by Andy Potter – Business Development Director, EMEA, Ansarada,” says Pearl Marsh, Conference Manager for Smart Procurement, the organisers of the event.

The co-located Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) Expo will once again provide the SMME exhibitors with an opportunity to meet and collaborate with a number of corporate enterprises.

For more information on the upcoming series of Smart Procurement World events for 2020 please visit the website at: www.smartprocurementworld.com

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