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PROJECT MANAGEMENT: A CRUCIAL ISSUE FOR CAMEROON’S EMERGENCE ACHIEVEMENT

By Marie Eliane Ndjib

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Douala, Cameroon
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ABSTRACT

The changing nature of the world economic trends has led to the development of unequal competitive edges. Sub-Saharan countries have been striving to develop fall-back plans to meet up with the global market demand and sustain internal growth. Project Management is nowadays recognised as a performance enabler due to its holistic approach in taking into consideration political, social, cultural and economic factors to produce shared, long term and measurable outcomes. Cameroon has developed a 25 years vision supported by the realization of great project and programs. The Project Management Knowledge however is just getting into governance culture. There is therefore a strong need to built incentive for project management culture, structure and applied project management to guarantee growth and sustainability in the long run.

This article pictures, in a certain manner, the realities of project management in Cameroon. Its objective is to raise awareness about the need to promote project management as an open door for lasting progress.                                                                                                       

     I.                   INTRODUCTION

The rapid evolution of World economic trends has progressively affected emerging economies. In addition to the global financial crisis, the global socio cultural integration, the rapid technological mutation and environmental changes have been more a threat than an opportunity for growth achievement. The development of more holistic organizational models happens to be an assurance for survival in this global unequal market. How governments sustain growth will then depends on how best they understand, integrate and adapt to environmental factor, socio cultural issues, to develop viable governance systems and create value.

Sub-Saharan African countries have gradually been trying to review their priorities and develop efficient growth models to catch up with this rapidly evolving crusade. In the past 5 years for example, there has been an increase of the GDP from 2,5% in 2009 to 3,8% in 2011 in the African Gulf of Guinea.

Beyond the cultural factor, which is still a barrier for the rapid integration of market’s change, the slow growing economic processes have not been ideal to face the world completion. Cameroon, is not exempted, the country has been suffering from a flat growth since the 90’s financial crisis. Its uneasiness to integrate and implement Breton Wood Institution models, the lack of mastery of key internal development factors have resulted in:

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About the Author

marie-elaine-ndjibflag-douala-cameroonMarie Eliane Ndjib

Douala, Cameroon

Ms. Marie Eliane Ndjib is a dynamic, results-oriented and pro-active professional, with three years of experience in strategic planning and management, and three years of experience in project planning, tracking and controls. Her interest is in helping organizations to improve their performance and optimize the implementation of programs and projects to sustain their strategy and better manage change issues. She is also a trainer on total quality management and project management.  Among recent projects, she has contributed in the development of strategic plans for 3 organizations. She has developed a human resource tracking system for employee performance assessments, planned and implemented a total quality management system, planned and implemented a Lean Six Sigma project, and planned and implemented a management-by-results program in a company.  Marie Eliane has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Buea-Cameroon (2009) and a Master’s degree in Project Management (With the PMI-PMBOK approach) from the Panafrican Institute for Development-Central Africa (PAID-CA) (2012).  She expects to have her PMP and MS Project certifications in 2013.  Marie is motivated to modestly participate in the professional development of project management in Cameroon, including the planning for the first National Congress on Project Management in Cameroon.  She wants to help people who are interested in this professional field to better develop their knowledge on Project Management.  Marie Eliane can be contacted at [email protected].