IPMA adds Three National Associations

 6 November 2012 – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Council of Delegates (CoD) convened in Baku, Azerbaijan, and added Colombia, Estonia and Nigeria to the IPMA Family. The official meeting of IPMA CoD, the highest decision-making body of the first global project management association, took place on September 29th … 30th 2012. The meeting was hosted by the Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA), the IPMA Member Association of Azerbaijan.

A highlight of the meeting was the approval of Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) of Colombia, Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) and Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) as transitional members of IPMA. Of course, another highlight was the hospitality, culture, entertainment, and great food, provided by our hosts, Azerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA),

Asociación Colombiana de Gestión de Proyectos (ACGePro) case for joining the IPMA Family was deftly made by German Bernate (at left). In applying to represent Columbia, ACGePro is seeking to position itself as an integrating platform among different sectors of the nation’s economy, offering, through Project Management, a space for knowledge generation and experience interchange.

Columbia’s move into the IPMA Family is an outcome of the efforts of its leadership team, including Mr. Fredy Vanegas and Mr.David Romero, Board Chairman and Board Secretariat.  and the IPMA Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LACC) programme. LACC is supported by Dr Jesús Martínez-Almela, the Chairman of Asociación Española de Ingeniería de Proyectos (AEIPRO) Certification Body. The ACGePro website is at Sites.google.com/site/acgepro.

Eesti Projektijuhtide Liit / Estonian Project Managers Association (EPMA) was represented by Marika Katarina Arendia Elita von Wolsky, Chairman of the Board of Estonian Project Managers Association. Among the key points of EPMA’s application is that the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has authorised EPMA as the organisation rewarding professional qualification to the project managers in Estonia.

The goals of EPMA are:
1) to join the project managers offering project management service into a joint professional organisation;
2) to represent its members’ interests on the behalf of the professional organisation before the public, legal bodies and physical persons;
3) to give project managers further education in the frames of life-long learning;
4) to organise the professional standard of project managers and on the basis of them, evaluation of project managers;
5) to preserve and support the best customs of Europe.

Ms. von Wolsky, pictured at right, points out that EPMA feels that the IPMA membership can give good possibilities to Estonian project managers in increasing their qualification through training and international team-work. They also hope to succeed in the EU LLP Leonardo da Vinci Innovation transfer programme with the project “Project Excellence Innovation Transfer to Estonia”, bringing to Estonia the knowhow of the IPMA Project Excellence Model, for improving the Estonian project managers qualification through work process. EPMA’s website is at www.epma.ee/.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria (PMDAN) reached closure for many years of careful development with their application to represent Nigeria in the IPMA Family. Represented in Baku by Dr. Chinwi Mgbere, at left, PMDAN has as its objectives, to:

1)    Raise national awareness of applications of project management as a powerful tool for the management of non-routine activities;

2)    Support members in the implementation of project management knowledge and encourage prospective members;

3)    Stimulate the development of project management and the knowledge on which it is based;

4)    Produce material through its members, to assist the youth and students in the idea of project management.

PMDAN activities include

  • Promotion of communication and networking between all members of the association and IPMA;
  • Offering conferences and other forums for the exchange of knowledge and experience;
  • The promotion of welfare (well-being) of Project Managers, rendering assistance to less-privileged, to acquire project management ski8lls; and
  • Research and development in project management.

Project Managers Development Association of Nigeria’s website is at: http://www.pmdan.org/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 is Mr Roberto Mori. For further information please navigate to www.ipma.ch .

IPMA Contact: Stacy Goff (USA), IPMA VP Marketing & Events. [email protected]

Photos by Jouko Vaskimo (Finland), IPMA Correspondent