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In responding to the need of the Government to maintain a high level of transparency and effectively allocate scarce public sector resources, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will be offering a procurement course commencing on October 19.
The course, ‘Introduction to International Best Practices in Public Procurement’, is being offered in association with the International Procurement Institute.
Marketing Manager at MIND, Shawnette Henry explained that the course will target approximately 40 participants and will focus on a wide variety of areas.
“It is specifically designed to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of issues and complexities relating to public procurement and expose participants to the latest tools and techniques used to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness of procurement,” she explained.
“We also want to look at the influence of the policies and procedures in international and financial procurement policies and also opportunities that are available to vendors and suppliers, particularly small and medium enterprises, in relation to public procurement,” Miss Henry added.
The Marketing Manager said that MIND is currently accepting applications, with the deadline set for October 14.
“We are encouraging persons to send their applications as soon as possible, as it’s a first come first served basis that we will be operating on,” she emphasised.
In the meantime, Miss Henry informed that there has been a great demand for the course.
“We are actually very pleased with the response to the course. Initially we thought the cost may have been a hindrance, but we are finding that it has taken off very well and the demand is high,” she noted.
The three-day course will be offered at MIND’s Kingston Campus, 235a Old Hope Road, at a cost of $70,000 per participant, who will be awarded a certificate of participation.