CIPS African Procurement Awards
The Emperors Palace Johannesburg, South Africa was the venue as the international Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) celebrated the best in purchasing in Africa.
On August 15, 320 guests from the public and private sectors turned out in their party frocks for the CIPS Pan African Procurement Awards 2013 at the Hotel Casino in South Africa’s largest city.
The awards, held by CIPS Africa – part of the international CIPS organisation which operates in 150 countries worldwide – are designed to highlight and reward the current best on the continent and the most improved.
For the first time, the awards were combined with the State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum’s (SOEPF) All About Public Procurement Awards (AAPP) in a joint celebration. State dignitaries were also in attendance among the industry guests.
A CIPS Africaspokeswoman said: “A CIPS Pan African Procurement & SOEPF AAPP Award is the most prestigious recognition a company or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.”
Bongani Bingwa, presenter of Carte Blanche, the longest-running TV show in South Africa, hosted the awards and speakers included SOEPF chairperson Fantas Mobu, Thami Ngqungwana, chief director for economic infrastructure and logistics at the Department for Trade and Industry, and Fred Vitale, global lead for capital projects and supply chain at Accenture.
The three main sponsors for the awards were BANK ABSA, Ariba and Macsteel.
Winners and categories are as follows –
Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility
Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project
Best People Development Initiative
Most Improved Procurement Operation Step Change (large organisations)
Best procurement consultancy project of the year
Best Upcoming Professional
Imran Natha - PetroSA
Best Supplier & Enterprise Development project in terms of process people
Best Public Sector Procurement Project
G.C.H (Gertrude's Children's Hospital) - Nairobi
Best Operations Improvement Initiative
Best People Development Initiative
Denel Land Systems
Most Empowered SOE in compliance to BBBEE Scorecard elements
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”