Buy Zimbabwe to host public procurement conference

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By Staff Reporter 

IN an effort to raise awareness among decision makers and procurement entities Buy Zimbabwe will late this month host a Public Procurement Conference.

The lobby group, in a statement Tuesday said the conference is aimed at raising consciousness among business leaders and stakeholders on the benefits of buying local products.

Buy Zimbabwe said the conference, to be held on April 30th will also highlight major sources of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) growth and employment creation.

“The Conference is an annual interface to raise awareness among decision makers, procurement entities and stakeholders on the benefits of local procurement with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility, innovation and preferential domestic procurement,” the statement said.

“It is a networking opportunity, feedback and best practical forum for stakeholders and an opportunity to highlight public procurement as a major source of SMEs growth and employment creation.”

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is expected to be the guest of honour.

Over 200 delegates from public procurement authorities and local authorities, business leaders, buyers and procurement managers, construction companies, manufacturing companies, extractive companies, non-governmental organisations, parastatals, supply chain managers, the public and service providers are expected to attend.

Buy Zimbabwe is at the forefront of advocating for a more viable, inclusive, sustainable and internally acceptable industry support system based on incentives for increased value chain-based local procurement and disincentives for continued importation of finished products and services.

This year’s event the 4th annual conference will run under the theme ‘Driving Local Industry through Public procurement achievements, opportunities and challenges’.

Buy Zimbabwe has been at the forefront of advocating for the utilisation of locally sourced and produced resources yielding quality and globally competitive Zimbabwean brands for sustainable economic growth over the last two decades.

It also promotes the production and consumption of local goods and services on the local and international market.

The campaign is designed to unlock the country’s full potential and inspire economic growth of local brands.