Ongoing project

Establishment of Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange Centres (SPXs)

The project aims to upgrade local suppliers to become competitive, so they can be integrated into large state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Transnational Corporations (TNC) supply chains and for regional and international exports.
An infrastructure investment programme of approximately €130 billion over the next 25 years has been implemented in the region. The project seeks to leverage the presence of South African SOE and other public and private sector buyer organisations in the region as key buyers in their local and regional economies to develop a global competitive regional supplier base.
This will be achieved by providing these large buyers a facility to identify key suppliers across the continent and to complement their supplier development efforts by working with a broader pool of suppliers to develop them to meet the minimum requirements of large buyer organisations. Marginal suppliers will be identified and developed through minimal process and technology upgrading so they can supply to buyer organisations.

The Infrastructure Supplier Benchmarking Programme piloted in South Africa, will be expanded to five countries in Southern Africa, which are selected in the initial project phase from a group of 11 countries - Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
The programme will be implemented as a network of five Industrial Supplier Benchmarking and Partnership Exchange (SBPXs) Centres established within UNIDO partner organisations such as local investment promotion agencies or business associations.
The SPX’s methodology will provide the basic matchmaking facility that buyers could used to identify potential suppliers in the region. By incorporating the proposed supplier benchmarking tools and methodologies with the existing SPX methodology, the SPX centres will also assist in supplier development. The buyer community will benefit through improved suppliers which means they reduce the risk, hassle and cost of working with suppliers. Suppliers benefit through the focused improvement of their competitiveness relative to specific buyer requirements and the associated growth. A long-term view on the programme is that it exposes the SPX supplier base to a global buyer community for ongoing trade and growth opportunities.