A human capital development partnership between Ghana’s National Library Authority, National Lottery Authority (NLA) and PanAvest International & Partners, has donated Supply Chain Management Reference books to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).


A release by the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) of GAF said the union, named Knowledge Development Alliance, made the donation to Ghana’s military on Thursday 28 July, 2022, at the Command Officers’ Mess, Burma Camp, in a bid to improve the understanding and application of Supply Chain Management in various Strategic and Operational areas of GAF.


Receiving the books from the setup, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of GAF – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama encouraged all personnel of GAF to actively use the reference resource, to improve their knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain Management best practices.


The CDS noted that Supply Chain Management impacts the day-to-day activities of all areas of government and society, the Defence sector inclusive, adding that “A clear understanding of the influence of the supply chain on the various areas of our portfolio and the services we provide is essential to ensuring we deliver on our mandate.”


“Without question, our quest to improve quality service delivery, cut wasteful expenditure and in particular the success of the Military Industrial Complex spearheaded by the Defence Industries Holding Company Limited (DIHOC) project is dependent on supply chain management thinking”, the Defence Chief continued.


“This, coupled with the fact that GAF, in collaboration with the Accra Technical University, is currently running a Supply Chain Management Course at the Base Ordnance School makes the donation very timely, as students would be using the books as reference materials”, V/Adm Amoama said.


The Knowledge Development Alliance is focused on creating national awareness of the importance of Supply Chain Management and its link to job creation, service delivery quality, long-term industrialisation, economic growth and development.


The books; ‘The Executive Insights Series: Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms’, the first edition of which was published in 2014, remains the only all-inclusive supply chain reference guide in the world and is the first of its kind to be independently assessed and approved by Ghana’s national curriculum body – the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).


The signed statement by the Director, DPR – Naval Captain Michael Addo Larbi, said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Library Authority – Mr Hayford Siaw said the Knowledge Development Alliance was proud to provide GAF and the Defence sector with a resource and tool, that would add to the realisation of the country’s development and national security management agenda.


Mr Siaw further stated that the Reference Guide provides a holistic and easily accessible reference of supply chain terminology, calculations and data which can be used to support military value chain management, sectorial industrialisation and broader socio-economic development initiatives.


Professor (Prof) Douglas Boateng – CEO of PanAvest International and Partners and Compiler of the Compendium, noted that there is a growing need for supply chain knowledge development in the country, and that Supply Chain Management involves the seamless management of all interlinked value-adding activities that goods and services encounter, as they move through a value chain.


Prof Boateng affirmed that a common understanding of Supply Chain Management will undoubtedly enable GAF to achieve further sectorial industrialisation, reductions in wasteful expenditure and significant improvement in service delivery quality, and the quantifiable gains would have a direct and positive impact on long-term national security management and the realisation of Ghana’s developmental agenda.

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