Awareness drive for ‘Project Imarisha’ gets underway
KPC’s e-procurement initiative dubbed Project Imarisha recently held a number of sensitization forums for suppliers in a move aimed at preparing them for the project’s grand roll-out slated for April 2018. Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has signed an agreement for the installation of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) product christened Project Imarisha into the KPC system with a view to streamlining the procurement processes for better results. ‘Imarisha’ is a Swahili word for streamlining. The contract was awarded to SAP (East Africa), a 45-year old German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations among public and private entities.
The sensitization forums were held in various parts of the country namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru with over 1,000 suppliers attending. As the Company implements its Vision 2025 whose cardinal aim is to transform KPC into a world class organization diversified in its oil & gas business, modern systems and processes is a key plank that will help the Company achieve her strategic objectives.
During the Nairobi session, KPC’s General Manager for Supply Chain Vincent Cheruiyot shared the company’s overview and motivation for the sensitization exercise before hundreds of participants. “KPC wants our suppliers to walk this journey with us. This is why we saw it fit to include you from the start,” he told the suppliers in attendance. “Project Imarisha will promote efficiency of our processes, allow for transparency that can all be done from the comfort of your home thus making work easier,” he added. In implementing this project, the Company is complying with the government’s aim of digitizing processes to make it accessible to all citizens. Project Imarisha is one such avenue because it is designed to accelerate the procure-to-pay processes in a bid to improve service delivery as KPC aims to be Africa’s premier Oil and Gas Company.
Described by KPC boss Joe Sang as one of the cutting edge technology that the Company is introducing to boost her business potential, the new initiative will automate, simplify, and centralize the business’s procure-to-pay process flow. The initiative supports the full e-procurement cycle: from source and purchase-to-pay to spend and supplier performance management. As a result, it will drastically help to streamline operations, enforce compliance with contracts and purchasing policies, and improve overall spend management. Upon go-live, all manual documents as far as doing business with KPC shall come to an end.