ZIPS to guide members on Link Zambia project
By KENNEDY MUPESENI -
THE Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supplying (ZIPS) Lusaka Chapter is today holding a training workshop for Lusaka Province members on the role of procurement and supply in the link Zambia 8000 Road Project.
ZIPS aims to equip and remind members and associate professionals on the role of procurement in the implementation of the road projects the Government has embarked on.
ZIPS Lusaka Chapter chairperson Joseph Selisho said procurement played an important role in the professional implementation of the Link Zambia 8000 Road Project, hence the professional body’s need to train its members.
He said for various projects embarked on by the Government to succeed, there was need for the Road Development Agency (RDA) and the contractors to engage the right professionals with evaluation skills and knowledge.
ZIPS executive director Christina Chisola said the workshop was important because a lot of work such as purchasing of construction materials and the entire supply chain was done by ZIPS members and other associates.
“The training workshop is expected to cover a lot of topics among them issues of storage, project evaluation, procuring, accountability, as well as many other core functions of the procurement processes,” Ms Chisola said.
She said the workshop was expected to cover topics on how to engage Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)s in the procurement of materials in line with the Government’s new policy direction under the economic empowerment Act.
Ms Chisola said the workshop would result in avoidance of audit queries the members have been facing because of not following right procurement procedures and accountability.