President Emmerson Mnangagwa has opened the 5th Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in the resort town of Victoria Falls today.

Speaking at the conference, President Mnangagwa said for the country to achieve a middle income status by 2030, procurement and supply strategies will be critical.

“Our journey towards the attainment of Vision 2030 requires procurement and supply strategies that sustain the present growth impetus,” he said.

President Mnangagwa urged procurement and supply practitioners in public entities to be involved throughout the planning and implementation phases of the country’s developmental programmes.

“As procurement professionals you must inculcate the culture of buying local products and promote our domestic industry across all sectors,” President Mnangagwa said.

The President said government has expanded the open for business mantra to say “Zimbabwe is open for dialogue” as no one has a monopoly over ideas.

He also said the quality of goods and services must not be compromised hence the Standards Association of Zimbabwe must facilitate production of good quality goods, adding that ethical behaviour in procurement is now a legal requirement and an imperative.

President Mnangagwa was accompanied by the Minister of State for Matabeleland North Cde Richard Moyo, Minister of State Security Cde Owen Ncube, Chief Secretary Dr Misheck Sibanda, and Deputy Chief Secretary George Charamba.