Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board (PPADB) has launched a procurement system called Tshipidi or Integrated Procurement Management System (IPMS) to improve the board’s operations.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, PPADB executive chairperson, Bridget John said the system formed part of the 2008-13 PPADB implementation strategy.
“This is a web based system with various procurement modules aimed at assisting the board in managing public procurement and assets disposal more efficiently by automating its processes,” John said.
The system is expected to improve transparency and efficiency in matters pertaining to public procurement and assets disposal.
IPMS, she said, would enable the Board to avail its services by providing access to procuring entities and the bidding community outside the confines of PPADB offices in Gaborone.
EVENT TRAINING ON THE CARDS
Gwen Watkins, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), is expected to conduct an intense two-day Event Management workshop for professional assistants and other staff members who plan events, workshops and conferences for their departments and companies.
Watkins, an international writer and trainer in PR and events management, will cover the broad aspects of risk management and a professional overview of the management of events and meetings.
She has lectured in conferences, events and exhibitions training for more than 10 years and is one of the 38 registered CMPs in Southern Africa and member of the Southern African Association of the Conference Industry (SAACI).
Her textbook, ‘Conference and Events Management’, a practical and comprehensive guide to some of the more advanced concepts and principles in planning and co-ordinating events, was published in early 2013.
BOCRA TAKES OVER NBB
The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has ceased to exist following the annulment of the Broadcasting Act of 1998 and Telecommunications Act 72:03, which will now be replaced by the Communications Regulatory Authority Act of 2012, effective April 1, 2013.
Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA), the Communications Regulatory Act of 2012, shall now govern the new entity, Botswana Communication Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), which will be an umbrella body responsible for telecommunications, postal services, broadcasting as well as internet services.