Big­ger slice of Rio work pie an in­cen­tive to join pro­gram

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

In­land Pil­bara busi­nesses are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from bet­ter ac­cess to con­tracts with Rio Tinto fol­low­ing the roll-out of a ca­pa­bil­ity en­hance­ment pro­gram in the area last week.

The Rio Ca­pa­bil­ity En­hance­ment Pro­gram was of­fi­cially launched in Tom Price by the Pil­bara In­land Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, which cov­ers busi­nesses in Tom Price and Parabur­doo. It is the lat­est phase of a pi­lot part­ner­ship be­tween Rio and sev­eral re­gional WA cham­bers which will see lo­cal busi­nesses re­ceive train­ing to im­prove their abil­ity to com­pete for ma­jor con­tracts with the min­ing gi­ant.

The pro­gram was an­nounced in Kar­ratha ear­lier this year and started there about a month ago.

PICCI sec­re­tary James Jarvis said the Tom Price and Parabur­doo pro­gram would be tar­geted at the spe­cific re­quire­ments of lo­cal busi­nesses and its pro­fes­sional ben­e­fits could ex­tend to all types of com­pa­nies, not only those in­volved in the min­ing sup­ply chain.

“For the busi­nesses that are al­ready on the por­tal, it will give them a greater un­der­stand­ing of what Rio is look­ing for, so it will show them how to make them­selves com­pet­i­tive and how Rio as­sesses their ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions,” he said. “But from my per­spec­tive, the pro­gram it­self is not just about Rio sup­ply chain busi­nesses, as the stuff we’ll be pre­sent­ing is good for any busi­ness to learn . . . so it’s about mak­ing sure all lo­cal busi­nesses are in­creas­ing their ca­pa­bil­ity to take on new op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

At the pro­gram’s Kar­ratha launch in July, Rio Tinto man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of rail, port and core ser­vices Ivan Vella said the part­ner­ship was de­signed to en­hance the com­pany’s lo­cal pro­cure­ment strat­egy.

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