Speaking at the sidelines of a three day Project Management Institute Africa’s annual conference that ended yesterday in Dar es Salaam, ahead the 50th anniversary to be celebrated next month in the US, PMI Tanzania Chapter’s President, Anael Ndosa said the local chapters has issued eight different certifications for project management covering both elementary and professional levels.
“We need to have qualified and certified project managers if we really need world class executed projects. Tanzania is quickly transforming which means there are a number of projects that are currently being implemented,” Ndosa said.
He said his office has been working with Tanzania Institute of Project Management as a training partner while negotiations with University of Dar es Salaam to see if PMI’s inputs can be added in curriculums, are underway.
According to him, PMI in Tanzania has registered 90 members of which 27 members have gone through training and received project management certification while others are currently being trained.
“Good practices in project management will undoubtedly bring changes on how we achieve our development objectives. PMI is here to uplift the project manager’s capabilities and to ensure they are sufficiently equipped to deliver,” Ndosa added.
The institute has been offering soft skills training to its members across the board because project management is a cross cutting issue that does not isolate any profession.
PMI Kenya Chapter President, Clement Kiteto said all infrastructural investments must be done with project management knowledge and skills in order to yield desired results. “In Kenya we already have a PMI strategic plan initiated two years ago. We have so far trained over 400 individuals with the profession since its inception in 2014,” Kiteto said.
This year’s Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Africa Conference was celebrated with the theme Growth in Africa Made Possible by Project Managers. A total of 14 PMI Chapters across Africa including, Angola, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, DRC, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Botswana, Mauritius, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Uganda are attended the meeting.
However the project management profession continues to face barriers including limited recognition of the profession at national levels, limited governance structures to promote project management and inadequate awareness of the need for the profession in many countries.