Smart Procurement Conference: An Event Not To Be Missed By Cape Town Entrepreneurs

Connecting entrepreneurs with big businesses and government will be the key priority of a major procurement conference taking place in Cape Town this week. The Smart Procurement Conference kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre tomorrow (1 March 2016). More than 1000 delegates are set to attend the two-day conference.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism had arranged for 40 businesses to attend an important part of the conference programme – the Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo. This expo offers “supplier match-up sessions”, linking buyers with potential suppliers.

“The Western Cape Government will also be registering small businesses on its supplier database, so they are able to do business with government.

“This is an excellent platform for entrepreneurs, with several of the country’s biggest firms attending to discuss how their procurement processes work so as to make them more accessible. There will also be information sessions on funding opportunities and the application of the BBBEE codes.”

Minister Winde said the creation of opportunities for jobs and growth was the Western Cape Government’s number one strategic goal.

“We know that small businesses are important generators of growth. In the Western Cape, they employ over 500 000 people. This is why we have prioritised support for entrepreneurs through supplier development, initiatives such as reducing red tape and securing reliable and affordable electricity.”


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