The United Nations is the primary organisation responsible for the maintenance of peace and security worldwide. In 2015 there were nine UN peacekeeping missions in Africa alone, supported by more than eighty thousand troops and fifteen thousand civilians. 80% of all UN peacekeepers are deployed in Africa, predominantly in the DRC, Darfur, South Sudan and Mali.
Today’s peacekeeping operations are called upon not only to maintain peace and security, but also to facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration of former combatants; support new elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law. Peacekeeping efforts of this magnitude therefore require a gargantuan behind-the-scenes effort in order to succeed, including logistical support, backup, supplies and equipment. As per the UN’s mandate, local field offices are encouraged to undertake local procurement action in a wide range of requirements, and essentially, make use of African-based suppliers wherever possible.
To this end, Creative Space Media, together with the DTI and Department of Public Enterprise, will be hosting its inaugural Procurement and Supply Chain Conference in June 2016.
The event will provide an unparalleled opportunity for South African industry-based vendors and businesses to engage and potentially partner with the UN and other local and international organisations. Three hundred and fifty businesses from around the country will be invited to attend the event, which will be held in Johannesburg. The highlight of the two-day conference will be presentations by eight Chief Procurement Officers from the UN, who will unpack the myriad of opportunities for local businesses, and how potential suppliers can become vendors to the UN. These include services as diverse as aerospace, maritime and defence; the supply of water, food and fuel; accommodation, construction, equipment maintenance, medical/health, uniforms, IT and the like.
As with all of our events, Creative Space Media will secure presentations by some of the country’s leading procurement and supply chain professionals, as well as renowned international experts and thought leaders. Delegates will be exposed to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the supply chain industry through a variety of thought-provoking keynote addresses and interactive panel discussions. Designed to connect a wide range of industry suppliers with the UN and SA’s Big Business, the conference will facilitate oneon- one interactions and create opportunities for strategic partnerships going forward.
A cocktail function will also be held immediately after the first day’s proceedings to enable delegates to gather for informal networking over a few drinks and snacks.