Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) has launched a new Masters Programme – MA in Procurement Management. The programme is endorsed by PPADB and has been designed to provide procurement skills and supply chain professionals with an understanding and other relevant skills. The course targets people in the procurement sector and those willing to enter the industry, providing them with in-depth understanding of the sector. Speaking at the event, Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi said the programme came at an opportune time when the country is positioning itself not only as a key regional player, but also as active and visible participant in the world economy at large. He said the programme will serve as a catalyst towards ensuring that the country participates regionally and internationally in the area of logistics management and asset management skills. Morupisi said procurement and logistics management have risen to great prominence in highly competitive global economies and said it was his hope that the programme will contribute to economic growth of Botswana. PPADB Executive Director Bridget John said the programme will impact positively on the professionalisation of procurement in Botswana and support the realisation of improved procurement outcomes within the public sector. John said the need to for procurement capacity building for procuring entities including user departments, procurement units and tender committees to support devolution of authority by the board to ministry cannot be over emphasized. She said it is critical to enhance procurement skills and ethical conduct in the overall management of public procurement by key stakeholders hence the programme the importance of the programme.