Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM)

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) was established in 1976 as a membership organisation for professionals engaged in procurement and supply chain management. Commencement of the Supplies Practitioners Management Act, on 30th October 2007, elevated KISM to the status of a National Body, and legally mandated it to oversee registration, regulation, training, promotion of standards and handling of disciplinary issues concerning professionals in the fields of procurement and supply chain management, in Kenya's private and public sectors.
The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management is mandated through the "Supplies Practitioners Management Act 2007" to support development of the Procurement and Supplies Management profession in Kenya by promoting application of set standards, best practices and professionalism across all sectors.
The Institutes overriding task is to nurture and build the supply chain management profession, all the while instilling discipline, ethics and order in the practice of this function within private and public procurement sectors in Kenya. This first strategic plan is meant to reorient the Institutes attention to enhancing supply chain management professionalism in Kenya.
Our mission
To enhance integrity and professionalism among our members and stakeholders in the procurement profession by offering training in supply chain management and promoting high standards of skills
Promoting ethical practices by providing the very highest quality products and services possible, while showing leadership in this area.
Promote and represent the profession of purchasing and supply management through active involvement in the various forums impacting on procurement.
Develop improved methods of purchasing and supply and promote their use in all organizations through trainings and seminars
Promote and develop the value of membership of the Institute in-order to increase individual and corporate membership levels.
The turning milestone came on 6th June 2000 when a nine member special task force led by Chris Oanda was appointed by the Ministry of Finance. It presented a Draft Supplies Management Practitioners Bill to the Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Finance. This Bill forms the basis of reengineering the procurement profession in Kenya but is currently pending and awaiting tabling in parliament.
KISM is run by a board, with an executive branch which deals with the day to day affairs of the organisation. Members meet once a year to review KISM activities and events while the board meets once a month to coordinate activities and events. Sub-committees exist in various sectors and these are run by professional volunteers from appropriate technical expertise areas.
Our Vision
The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management envisages being the National body in procurement and supply chain management in Kenya.
This would mean that KISM would regulate the procurement profession in Kenya, in-conjunction with the PPD, being the leading supply chain professional association and trainer in Kenya that instills discipline and enhances ethical practices in both the private and public sectors.
The Goals and Objectives of KISM
The results we need to achieve:
  • To promote the procurement and supplies management profession in Kenya by ensuring the passage of the KISM bill (Practitioners Bill), and proper implementation of the Public Disposal Act 2005
  • Participate in the COYA by sponsoring a Supplies Management Award category and the Supplies Manager of the year in 2006.
  • Launch survey to ascertain the viability of a training Institute to offer short courses, certificate Diploma and Degree courses in purchasing and Supply management. KISM will also market in-house corporate trainings more aggressively.
  • To encourage training in the profession and certify qualified members through a well designed program of study and recognizable experience and contribution to the profession.
  • To redesign and launch a more interactive and informative website which KISM will use to inform and communicate with members and the public on activities and events.
  • To promote ethically sound best practices in procurement and supplies management both in the private and public sectors.

Kenya Institute of Supplies Management; Physical Location:Nation House, 12th Floor , Kimathi street, Nairobi;
P.O. Box 30400-00100, Nairobi.
Tel: +254 (020) 2213908-10 /(020) 3505992 / (020) 2635807;
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