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    New ITC Bulletin Links Purchasing and Supply Management Professionals


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2001 

    ITC's newest bulletin, the International Purchasing and Supply Link, targets purchasing managers and public procurement experts worldwide, providing news and information through national purchasing and supply management associations and similar organizations.

    The bulletin provides news on purchasing trends and tools for governments and businesses in developing countries and economies in transition. It provides information on recent ITC purchasing and supply research and activities; public procurement trends and cases; activities carried out by national purchasing and supply management associations and similar organizations; and useful tools and techniques for the purchasing community.

    Launched in June, ITC has already received positive feedback from purchasing professionals in developing countries, which are active in distributing the bulletin to their networks. Some have offered to work with ITC to co-develop topics for future issues. Others have offered to translate it into thai, shona (for Zimbabwe) and Kiswahili (for the United Republic of Tanzania). The purchasing association in Colombia has translated it into Spanish. Requests for topics range from technological changes in materials management and stock level controls, to information about supply of specific materials, such as raw materials for the shoe industry, the welding industry and others.

    International Purchasing and Supply Link appears twice yearly. Print copies and/or e-mail versions are sent to purchasing professionals through national purchasing and supply management associations, central agencies overseeing public procurement and relevant training institutions. These institutions distribute it free of charge to the purchasing community.

    ITC is looking for additional partnerships with organizations to contribute articles, disseminate the bulletin at no cost and/or translate it.

    For more information, or if readers are interested in contributing to future issues, contact Catherine Taupiac, Associate Officer, Research and Information, at taupiac@intracen.org