The Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply (GIPS) has held its maiden induction ceremony for new members who have displayed strong commitment to the standards and ethics of the procurement profession in their various sectors of work over the years.
The ceremony, which was on the theme ‘Developing ethically upright procurement and supply professionals for nation-building’, saw eight fellows, 48 full members and 64 associate members being admitted into its fold.
Among those inducted into GIPS fellowship were the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority, Agyenim Boateng Adjei; former CIPS-Ghana Chair, Simon Annan; and a supply chain consultant, Olivia Dede Mensah.
The Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply is the central organisation for professionals, practitioners and students of procurement and supply chain management in the country that is dedicated to promoting standards integrity in the profession.
President of the institute, Collins Agyemang Sarpong – speaking at the maiden induction ceremony, reiterated the institute’s position as the de facto body for procurement practitioners and students in the country.
In pursuit of high standards and ethics in the profession, he said, the institute has developed a professional code of ethics to guide members in the discharge of their duty.
“As a member of GIPS, you are required to uphold the constitution, code of ethics and reputation of the institute in the course of practicing procurement and supply management as a professional practitioner at all times,” he admonished the inductees.
Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei, in brief remarks after his induction called on members of the institute to exhibit the highest level of standards in their endeavours.
He implored the institute, as a private entity, to position itself as a strong force that will drive needed change in the country’s procurement landscape.
He added: “Given that Ghana has been confirmed as a procurement-oriented country, and the fact that between 60 to 70 percent of national revenue goes into procurement, there is a lot of responsibility on practitioners in the procurement business.
“But the terrain is rough; it will take a vibrant and assertive institution recognised and respected by government such as GIPS to make policies and propagate ethics and standards which can provide the cover that procurement professionals need.”
Mr. Adjei called for strong collaborations between the PPA and GIPS in the quest to enhance ethical standards within the procurement value chain and in the broader context of national development.