Zambia hosts the 1st Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

Representative from ZPPA Dorothy making a presentation

Representative from ZPPA Dorothy making a presentation

Different stake holders involved in the procurement and Supply chain industry were at Cresta Golfview Hotel in the Zambian capital for the 1st Annual regional Summit to discuss various issues affecting them, reports Lameck Phiri.

The annual event explored contemporary issues affecting the Zambian Supply Chain and Logistics Industries.

Attendees are discussed Sector Governance, Procurement Strategies, Supply Chain and Logistics Management and other Industrial pressing issues.

Speakers at the conference included representer from Zambia Public Procurement

Delegates following the proceedings

Delegates following the proceedings

Authority, Nelpats South Africa, (PTY),representation from Supply Chain department from Chnhoyi University of Zimbabwe, Engpro Solutions Limited, Independent Scenario Strategists and others  from Zambian forwarding companies.

The attendees discussed notable challenges in the supply chain and some of the noted barriers to international trade, Information flow and distortions, technology and environmental concerns..

The first day of the meeting covered issues concerning problems experienced in logistics articulating on transport.

It was identified many companies invest heavily in flight but have little to do with the driver.

Delegates listening attentively

Some of the Delegates during a session

Mr Daniel Kabamba a managing Consultant at Engpro Solutions Limited, Zambia in his presentation told the attendees Zambia’s manufacturing capacity and its market is still poor.

He also observed there is poor financing, disintegrated business approach and Limited tender biding capacity.

David Chinfwembe Director –for Manica in the Southern region presented a topic on Options for Zambia regarding forwarding cargo.

He presented the challenges of using various corridors such as Dares Salaam, Beira, Tunduma, Durban, Walvis Bay and Mpulungu.

He outline the general out look of road and rail networks to reach these corridors and concluded a good rail line network will be helpful to help the industry and the country.

‘‘Corridor assessments are critical to ensure value in supply chain activities to customers and ensure our exports are competitive in International markets,’’ he said

‘‘More corridors ensure flexibility but require huge capital to development. Rail coming ‘‘alive’’ is critical for Zambia,’’  he concluded.

Zambian Eye was one of the three local Media partners at the event. The other two were The Voice and The Post Newspapers.