The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) unveiled the latest procurement and supply management developments across the region at the Building Procurement Capabilities in KSA. 

Held in the Sofitel hotel in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on the 9 Feb 2016, the event also recognised the achievements of 36 Saudi Arabian nationals that recently completed the CIPS corporate award programme.

The candidates received their certifications for practitioner level, from David Noble, CIPS Group CEO, and Sam Achampong, CIPS MENA general manager.

Since establishing a presence in KSA back in 2011, CIPS has introduced a number of globally-recognised qualifications geared towards procurement and supply management.

To date, the organisation’s regional membership now numbers over 4,000, and have joined a global community comprised of 118,000 members.

Commenting procurement and supply management in the region, David Noble said: "There are many challenges and opportunities faced by procurement here. For instance, the re-introduction of Iran into the global economy, the opening up of supply chains across the region with an increased flow of goods in and out will mean change will be momentous.

He added: “We must be certain that procurement and supply chain practices are robust, fit for this new world, and operate with efficiency and efficacy as these significant trade and investment opportunities arrive.”