Dubai Supplier Summit Sets Stage for USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program

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February 28, 2017
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program (GHSC) recently hosted more than 240 commodity suppliers, GHSC staff, and partners for a three-day Supplier Summit in Dubai.

The Feb. 21-23 event featured our project and two partner projects, GHSC-Quality Assurance and GHSC-Rapid Test Kits, to explore USAID’s unified supply chain health goals under the new program.

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USAID and project staff selected Dubai because of its central location for suppliers in China, Europe, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Dubai also will be home to one of GHSC-PSM’s new regional distribution centers.

Initial evaluation from participants indicates a successful event. One supplier provided this email feedback:

“Thank you for organizing this big event.... We like your approach, working with your suppliers in a win-win partnership [and] look forward to continue working with you."
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We like your approach, working with your suppliers in a win-win partnership.
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The event included five plenary and 36 breakout sessions, which covered a range of topics:
 

  • U.S. government strategic priorities
  • How to work with the GHSC program
  • Commodity-specific discussions
  • Quality assurance
  • Contracting and invoicing
  • Logistics management
  • Management information systems
  • Data exchange
  • Country registrations
  • How to win business for new and existing suppliers
  • Demand forecasting and supply planning
  • Innovation


The Summit kickoff plenary presentation is featured below. Other presentations are available under the Events section.