UAE women 'eager to develop' supply chain sector

Of the 2,000 members of CIPS MENA, almost 1,000 are women.
CIPS MENA event about women in procuurement took place at Crowne Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in October.
CIPS MENA event about women in procuurement took place at Crowne Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in October.

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The Chartered Institute Of Procurement & Supply for the Middle East and North Africa region (CIPS MENA) is considering establishing a sub committee and a mentoring pool for UAE women working in procurement.

A demand for both was identified at an Abu Dhabi event held in October entitled ‘The Impact of Women in Procurement', which was attended by about 70 procurement professional from diverse industries with most participants being female UAE nationals.

Rebecca Fox, general Manager of CIPS MENA, said: “This event has shown that there is a healthy appetite amongst women for the procurement profession to be conducted according to the highest international standards in organisations of all kinds and in all sectors.

"Women in this region are eager to nurture and develop this discipline, and we can play an instrumental part in advising and supporting them across various industries.

"Since we started providing service and training to organisations and professionals across the Middle East, we have seen strong levels of commitment from women to creating sustainable supply chains, and to the creation of further employment opportunities.”

CIPS, the world’s largest procurement and supply professional body, has 2,000 regional members and almost half of these are female.

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