It will be my honour and great pleasure to welcome you all to the IFPSM World Summit and to the incredible city of Helsinki on Wednesday, 26th September 2018.
The theme of the World Summit is “Procurement in 2020’s: Discover the New Role of Procurement”, the key note speakers will offer many opportunities for you all to consider new thinking and initiatives to support your own and your organisation’s development by learning from colleagues across the world.
IFPSM has partnered with LOGY, the Finnish Association who are a long standing and highly valued member of the Federation, to deliver a unique experience for all delegates and we have structured the event so that you may all enjoy discovering “Three Cities and Two countries in Three days”.
In partnership with our fantastic hosts, LOGY, we have also designed a superb social programme which of course is absolutely vital for you to network with your colleagues from within our global profession and share your expertise and knowledge.
This event will allow you to make new friends, while enjoying their company, both professionally and sociably. The programme and coordination of the World Summit would not have been possible without the dedication of a superb project team and the full support and leadership of LOGY, our hosts.
My personal thanks go to Mr Markku Henttinen the CEO of LOGY and his dedicated team, who together with the Board and Secretariat of IFPSM, will ensure that you enjoy a great conference and exhibition.
2018 marks the Federation’s 45th anniversary, and we now represent 45 National Associations from all the regions of the world with a community network that reaches over 250,000 professional practitioners.
The IFPSM vision is to “Provide international leadership and facilitate the development of the procurement and supply management profession wherever it is practiced through our network of members organisations”.
A key component of the IFPSM vision and our strategy to achieve this objective, is the IFPSM World Summit that is now an annual event, where many hundreds of individuals meet to learn and share from each other in a true fellowship of nations and individuals.
I have been deeply honoured to lead the Federation since January 2017 when I was elected as President and wish to publicly re-commit myself to serve you over my three year term of office.
My vision for IFPSM and indeed the whole profession, is for us together, to maximise our individual organisations and indeed our national potential to the benefit of all.
I am very confident that IFPSM will continue to grow and become even more influential within our global profession and also develop new products and services that adds value to our community.
Mr He Liming
The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply