African Project, Program Managers to Converge on Accra in June to Boost Professionalism


10 April 2013 – Accra, Ghana – In a renewed attempt to address the dearth of competent and certified project managers, over 300 project and program managers are expected to converge on Accra, the Ghana capital for this year’s African Project and Program Management Conference (APPMC). The event will be held in Accra during 5-7 June 2013.  Information at http://www.directleadershipinstitute.org/index.php/about-appmc.html.

According to Program Director, Dr. Donald Agumenu, “the gathering affords government officials/workers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector and related stakeholders the opportunity to meet with hundreds of professionals in the industry, learning the multicultural skills in projects and programs.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend APPMC and get certified as Certified International Project Manager CIPM ® Certified by the American Academy of Project Management ® (AAPM®).”

appmcThe African Project and Program Management Conference (APPMC) will be a professional meeting of project and program managers who are driven by a common course of expanding the number of competent project managers handling projects on the continent.  This is essential in order to check the volume of failed projects and poor implementation in Africa.

The event is jointly organized by Direct Leadership Institute (DLI) and the American Academy of Project Management ® (AAPM®) – an Academy recognized in over 150+ countries via 800 training providers, universities, colleges and business schools.

According to Agumenu, who is also DLI president, “Available researches have shown that 80 per cent of higher-performing projects use competent project managers, and 50 per cent of project failures are traced to poor or no project management. This includes bad estimates/deadlines, scope changes and poor resource planning.”

“In putting together the conference,” he added, “we are driven by a course that until competent project managers handle capital projects, failed projects and poor implementation will remain a talking point for a very long time in Africa.”

He went on: “Project and Programme Management is growing exponentially. Indeed, it is now used in virtually all industries, such as government, health care, telecom, IT, oil and gas, education and banking. Effective management is how these organizations streamline to improve productivity and efficiency. As businesses are restructured, project managers take over many responsibilities. Expertise in project management is a source of security, prosperity and power to many companies.

“African cannot be left out in this revolution. This Pan African event has been designed to include technical presentations, practical exercises and highly interactive group sessions. The CIPM® certification will be received at the closing ceremony of the event. With the theme ‘Championing the African Industrial and Market Driven Economic Evolution’,   APPMC brings on board the most thought- provoking experiences, cases and best practices in the industry.”

He noted that the event, scheduled for June 5-7, 2013, is already generating huge interest from relevant stakeholders within Africa and beyond.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Source: Direct Leadership Institute