Procurement Delegation from the UN

By Drum Digital
14 June 2016

A procurement delegation from the UN is currently in South Africa to encourage South African companies to pursue business opportunities with the United Nations.

By Ayanda Sitole

The South Africa United Nations Procurement Summit is currently being hosted at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria.

According to Creative Space Media, organizers of the 2016 South Africa UN Procurement summit, the two-day  event saw turnout of over 450 corporates ,on Monday, of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), industry delegates and military officials, who have convened to discuss procurement opportunities offered by the UN for South Africa businesses.

According to Defense Web, Africa’s defense online news source, this is the first ever UN Procurement Summit South Africa.

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, yet South African companies supply less than 1% of UN procurement.

This is set to change with the UN looking to undertake local procurement action in a wide range of requirements, and make use of African-based suppliers for its peacekeeping and support operations on the continent going forward.

South Africa’s Defense and Military Veterans secretary, Sam Galube, says South Africa has supply ability in all categories, a world class business model, proximity to market and limited language barriers.

He assures local SMEs that they would be supported when bidding for tenders to supply UN peacekeeping operations.

“Armscor, the South African National Defense Force’s acquisition arm, is working to serve as a vendor for SMEs, in an effort to limit their administrative costs,” he says.

“Work is also proceeding on a defense industry charter to assist small business in navigating the many local laws and regulations that paradoxically, often hinder SME growth and development.”

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