PMI Cameroon Chapter

Steve MAKANG, PMP, Chapter President
Steve MAKANG, PMP, Chapter President

Dear Project Professionals, Dear Chapter Members,

PMI Cameroon Chapter has engaged a transformation process which should increase its visibility within the Cameroon economic environment in line with the work started by its previous leaders Stanislas Bianou and Franck Kom since 2012 and the PMI Charter milestone attained in 2014. A strategic plan has been set for the coming two years (2017 – 2019) and should lead us to the finalization of our multiyear business plan towards increasing value added services to our members, to our communities and to our public and private organizations.

More than before, Project Management has become a critical competence and the lack of skilled

professionals knowing how to drive projects & programs, how to implement strategies and how to perform genuine business analyses in this constant changing environment, can contribute to massive economic and GDP losses for organizations and countries. The 2017 growth and talent gap report from PMI®(Project Management Institute) identifies a loss of over 200 billion US$ in the eleven countries subject to the study, if the talent gap observed in companies and organizations is not addressed. To close the professional talent gap in Cameroon, the chapter has decided to address simultaneously, the needs of students, professionals and training providers in order to deliver relevant project management values and knowledge in a time where the efficient use of our project resources is more welcomed than ever, with the on-going IMF structural adjustment program. Many projects in the country need to be delivered on time, within the planned budget and quality constraints and with the existing stakeholders. Good news, these are exactly the skills addressed by effective project, program and portfolio managers. While focusing on today’s challenges, we also must prepare our youth to tomorrow’s reality.

We regard to students, we will increase outreach programs, learning experiences through community projects and CAPM® certificate benefits awareness in our universities. For professionals, we will partner with career management and personal development consulting firms to better understand and address the employment and leadership needs. PMI Cameroon chapter will not only promote project management related jobs and the skills behind all PMI certificates but also the unique continuous learning experience acquired through chapter events, networking and discussion sessions towards technical project management, leadership, strategy and business related skills. Certified professionals will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills on the field, in organizations requiring assistance from the Chapter to develop specific online and on site trainings, project related procedures, audits and PMO (Project management Office) related activities. These activities will be either performed by volunteers at no direct costs or by PMI related consulting or training companies.

Finally, we will encourage the emergence of more PMI® registered education providers to guarantee the best project management learning experience to our students and professionals. In this regard, the Chapter is currently putting in place a project team to help existing trainers to cross the REP’s milestone. However, as a registered education provider, it is not the intention of PMI Cameroon Chapter to compete against trainers but rather, to promote the PMI certificates currently not taught in the country.

As PMI project professionals, we have the responsibility to add value to our companies and organizations, voice our expertise and the decisive impact made daily by hundreds of thousand professionals in the World and in Africa. In this regard, we encourage companies, organizations and professionals to join PMI CAMEROON CHAPTER Mauritius in September 2018 for the PMI AFRICA CONFERENCE to discuss how project management can enable sustainable development and growth for our organizations and continent.

They journey continues…tic…tac…