Khartoum, 15 June 2011 – The Regional Procurement Support Office Seminar was opened by UNDP Country Director Mr. Claudio Caldarone on Sunday 12 June at Rotana Salam Hotel, in Khartoum. The four-day seminar brought participants from 14 UNDP country offices along with the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health procurement and supply focal points. The seminar was facilitated by a number of experts from UNDP Procurement Support Office (PSO) in Geneva, UNDP Legal Support Office (LSO), UNDP Sudan Programme Management Unit and external partners such as WHO-AMDS, Global Fund and UNICEF.
UNDP Special Advisory Team in PSO Copenhagen selected UNDP Sudan as the
first African country office to host the annual PSO Seminar usually held
in Denmark. The motive behind the decision to shift the annual meeting
to the country office level was to bring in practical field experience,
thereby adding more context to what was previously a mainly theoretical
seminar. “We hope to all learn from each other,” said Mr.
Rino Meyers UNDP PSO, Senior PSM Advisor.
PSO seminar aims at strengthening the Procurement and Supply Chain Management
(PSM) in UNDP projects that are financed by the Global Fund through providing
UNDP staff working on PSM with the required knowledge that will better
enable them to operate effectively within a rapidly changing and increasingly
complex work environment. As an added benefit of holding the seminar at
country level, site visits have been arranged for the participants and
international based facilitators.
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