By Alhaji Bashiru Zakari
The first 500 copies of the book “An executive compendium of supply chain management terms” written by South Africa based Ghanaian Professor Douglas Boateng of the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) has been handed over to the SBL.
The book, published in partnership with Sasol, a petrochemical company and one of in South Africa ‘s largest investors in capital projects, skills development and research, is on executive supply chain management aimed at developing sorely needed supply chain skills in Africa.
Over 7,000 copies of the first book in the executive insight are being distributed at no charge to the continent’s supply chain fraternity, selected government departments, management and business schools since last September.
Dr. Renosi Mokate, Executive Director and CEO of SBL, said the institution was pleased to be the first on the continent to be receiving the books and assured that that SBL will continue to collaborate to develop professional supply chain management skills in both the public and private sector.
“Improved skills at executive level are vital to foster positive socio-economic change in Africa and that effective Supply Chain Management is a key component of the future industrialisation of South Africa, as well as the rest of the African continent,” Dr. Mokate noted.
Dr. Mokate commended Prof Boateng for his active participation in the field of supply chain management.
Prof Boateng, Founder and CEO of the PanAvest Partnership said while speaking at the second public lecture in the Executive Insights into supply chain management series at the SBL last month.
Prof. Boateng who spoke on “From the backroom to the boardroom – the changing role of the supply chain manager” indicated that supply chain management is moving from the backroom to the boardroom.
“The books will increase executive awareness of the inextricable link between supply chain management and South Africa, and the rest of the continent’s long term industrialisation, job creation and government service delivery quality efforts,”
“We value Sasol’s support for this project as it will assist with executive skills development as well as driving awareness of the strategic importance of effective supply chain management,” says Boateng noting “Without world-class executive professional skills, coupled with a coherent and long-term Supply Chain Management strategy, South Africa won’t be able to achieve its 2030 vision.”
Prof. Boateng also hoped Africa can benefit from the use of supply chain management as the developed world has successfully used Supply Chain Management to industrialise, improve government service delivery quality, create sustainable jobs, and undertake value addition to their resources and to promote SMME growth.
“I believe that with long-term collective supply chain thinking, Africa can do the same,” Prof. Boateng noted.
Referring to statistics released by the department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, Prof Boateng expressed the hope that inclusive Afro-centric supply chain strategies and innovative partnerships between the public and private sector can go a long way to address these issues premised on the fact that 70% of small businesses fail within the first year.
“We need to protect these small businesses to stem our soaring unemployment rates”, he said