Professor Douglas Boateng of the United Kingdom Institute of Operations Management has been selected as one of the keynote speakers for the 2013 Chattered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Pan African Conference in Accra.
The conference fixed for May 21 and 22, is under the theme “The strategic role of professional procurement in the development of Africa” and would be attended by over 1000 delegates from all over the world.
Prof. Boateng, who is currently the Chairman of the Africa Advisory board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Chief Executive Officer of PanAvest Partnership, a 5th party supply chain and human capital development organization, will address participants on modern trends in the profession.
Also scheduled to address the historic gathering of supply chain management professionals will be Mr Samuel Sallas-Mensah, former MP for Upper West Akim Constituency and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority.
Mr Sallas-Mensah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Major) from the Wharton Business School and has a wealth of experience in supply chain management.
Commenting on the conference, Mr Sallas-Mensah said ‘Public procurement is a key economic and political activity of government. Besides being a simple act of purchase, it is a development tool; translating development finance into development outcomes’.
He is a seasoned politician, who has served on several public committees, including being the Chairman of the Ghana Research Advocacy Program and Member - Trade, Tax & Tariff Review Committee; the Value Added Tax National Oversight Committee and the Governing Board of Customs.