First ever UN procurement summit in South Africa
The South African defence industry will on June 13 and 14 have the opportunity to learn first-hand what is needed to become an accredited supplier to the United Nations and specifically its peacekeeping and peace support operations in Africa. The first ever UN Procurement Summit South Africa takes places at the CSIR Convention Centre and is, according to the marketing and liaison manager of a major portable accommodation supplier “the place to be for the local defence industry as well as other sectors allied to it”. More than half – nine – of the UN’s 16 peacekeeping missions currently underway are in Africa and 80% of the world body’s peacekeepers are deployed on the continent. This requires massive logistic support to succeed, according to the summit organisers, who maintain the event is “an unparalleled opportunity for South African-based vendors and business to engage and potentially partners with the UN and other local and international organisations”. In keeping with the thrust of the event the majority of speakers – five – are from the UN with another two heading up linkage sessions on day one.