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3 November 2020 / 2:00

3rd Pan-African Project Management Conference – 28th to 30th October 2020, in Yaoundé/Cameroon: How to organize projects successfully in Africa

Around 300 delegates attended the 3rd Pan-African project management conference that took place from 28th to 30th of October in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. It is one of the largest conferences on project management in Africa with 420 delegates from over 20 countries and it takes place every second year with IPMA attendance. The third edition of the conference was dedicated to the way projects can successfully be organised in Africa.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Development from Cameroon Mr Alamine Ousame Mey and by Mr Babissakana the organizer of the conference.  With its 24 million inhabitants and its ambition of becoming an emerging economy by 2035, the country is engaged in achieving this objective through professional project management.

With this years’ topic on project design and project organization, the conference attracted many experts from all over the world which for pandemic reasons made their contributions online while the attendees from Cameroun and neighbouring countries filled the large conference room in the international convention centre of Yaoundé.

The topics covered the project life cycle, adapting project organisations to a changing project environment in Africa, collaboration in projects with the remote team working, dealing with project organisations in specific legal frameworks, project governance and its implication on project organization, typology of PMOs and running PMOs as a programme, the new normal regarding the organization and leadership strategies for virtual project teams and many more topics that can be read under  https://www.pan-african-pmc.africa


Delegates of the 3rd Pan-African project management conference, 28-30.10.2020 meeting in particular conditions at the international conference centre in Yaoundé

Americo Pinto from Brazil explained the value ring of PMO certification. Amin Saidoun from the International Project Management Association underlined the need to take into consideration available project management competences in the project to choose the adequate project organisation. Teri Okoro from the Association for Project Management (UK) underlined the need for new leadership for organisations working virtually with different team members. Ben Bolland from IPMA-Netherlands explained how to achieve better business outcomes with ISO project management system. Thomas Walenta (former Chair of PMI chapter in Germany) shared his experience on how to run PMOs as a programme. Darya Duma from Nigeria described a practical application on project governance and decision making in a Nigerian context. Many more experts contributed to the conference with stimulating discussion sessions which were moderated with the support of the Cameroon organizer.

This year again the host in Cameroon has proven that in spite of the particular context of the pandemic,  he could well adapt to this hybrid format on running of a well-known conference. We all hope that the 2022 conference will be running with all participants and experts meeting in Yaoundé in good health.

Finally, the President of the conference Mr Babissakana thanked the 20 international experts, the Cameroon Ministry of Economy, the sponsors and strategic partners of the conference and the 420 delegates who attended the 17 plenaries during three days. IPMA supported the conference both with its network of international speakers, its advert in the conference catalogue and the promise to do so also in the 2022 conference that will soon start to be prepared.
Congratulations to Babissakana to this great performance and to his continuous efforts to promote the project management profession in Africa and we hope that IPMA will be able to welcome a future member association from Cameroon.

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Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of over 72 project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 25 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East. He is involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management, leadership and digital transformation.