Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA 7 -

By KELVIN SIABANA Konkola cop­per mines (KCM) has pledged full com­pli­ance to the Zam­bia In­sti­tute of Pur­chas­ing and Sup­ply (ZIPS) reg­u­la­tions as part of the long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions.

KCM gen­eral man­ager for cor­po­rate af­fairs Eu­gene Chungu made the pledge dur­ing com­pli­ance and fa­mil­iari­sa­tion meet­ings be­tween the min­ing com­pany and ZIPS of­fi­cials held at KCM.

Mr Chungu said KCM was com­mit­ted to full com­pli­ance with the reg­u­la­tory body and find­ing new ways of wor ing to­gether.

The meet­ing be­tween ZIPS of­fi­cials with KCM man­age­ment and staff mem­bers fo­cused on im­prov­ing com­pli­ance lev­els and find­ing new ways for the min­ing gi­ant and the in­sti­tute to wor to­gether.

Mr. Chungu also an­nounced KCM’s readi­ness to ta e on lo­cal trainees in pur­chas­ing and sup­ply man­age­ment on in­dus­trial at­tach­ments as a way to broaden their pro­fes­sional out­loo and help them gain rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence in the field

KCM cur­rently trains over 900 stu­dents ev­ery year on in­dus­trial at­tach­ments in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines.

ZIPS Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Fran­cis Kunda too the op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment by peo­ple wor ing in the sup­ply and pro­cure­ment pro­fes­sion.

Mr. Kunda fur­ther en­cour­aged ZIPS mem­bers to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Act as a way of en­sur­ing the pro­fes­sion’s in­tegrity was up­held by pur­chas­ing and sup­ply pro­fes­sion­als.

The meet­ing was part of a se­ries of vis­its to min­ing houses and util­ity com­pa­nies on the Cop­per­belt and North-West­ern prov­inces by ZIPS to au­dit com­pli­ance lev­els and meet with mem­bers at the re­spec­tive firms.

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