With supply chain issues increasingly in the spotlight in South Africa the organisers assert that the conference’s timing could not be better.
“This year marks four decades of bringing supply chain professionals from around the world together in South Africa for the annual SAPICS Conference,” said Mungo Park, president of SAPICS – the Professional Body for Supply Chain Management.
He said that the 40th annual conference would be a milestone event.
“More than 800 supply chain practitioners will converge at Cape Town’s Century City Conference Centre on 10 June to expand their knowledge and drive the growth, development, professionalisation and value of supply chain management across the multitude of diverse industries that it impacts.”
Park said that SAPICS was proud to be hosting UK-based humanitarian logistics specialist Pamela Steele, whose 25 years in logistics and supply chain management in the humanitarian and development sectors included working for UNICEF in Copenhagen.
“Pamela is also the co-founder of AWESOME, the African Women in Supply Chain Management network. Her participation in the panel discussion around improving gender diversity in supply chain management will add significant value,” he said.
In line with the association’s recognition of the critical need to optimise healthcare supply chains, SAPICS has lined up several specialists in this area.
Park revealed delegates could expect a powerful presentation by Deborah Dull, supply chains programme officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who would discuss the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa to aid decision making in the healthcare space.
A panel discussion featuring thought leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Africa Resource Centre would also examine why the public and private health sectors should be working together to improve the delivery of life-saving medicines to vulnerable communities and patients.
He added that the South African Health Department’s chief director of sector wide procurement, Gavin Steel, would discuss healthcare improvements achieved through an optimised supply chain implementation, while a case study by Lean Institute Africa CEO Rose Heathcote would show how effective lean management streamlines patient care.
The 2018 SAPICS Conference will be held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town from 10 to 13 June.