September 24, 2021

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, the potential for economic expansion in the long term is encouraging and the projected rate of Project Management-Oriented Employment opportunities ramping up at 40 per cent growth.

By Ifeanyi Nwoko

The Project Management Institute is set to hold its 6thAfrica Conference aimed at providing learning and networking opportunities for ‘Africans to learn from Africans’.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by George Asamani, Business Development Lead for PMI Africa, the conference scheduled for September 4, is to hold digitally.

He said that the theme for the 2021 conference; ‘Africa: An Ecosystem of Changemakers’ buttresses the need for people to get project-based skills to get work done.

He pointed out that the event would also ensure people get skills to tackle their challenges, secure career opportunities and realise their ambitions to improve livelihoods.

“As a virtual event, this year’s Africa Conference on 4 September is an incredible opportunity for learning and professional development open to every African from across the continent and globally.

“You will hear perspectives from thought leaders and practitioners on opportunities across the continent and the skills that will continue growing in demand for project professionals.

“For example, findings from PMI’s 2021 Talent Gap Report has revealed that the global economy needs 25 million new project professionals by 2030 to help organisations turn their biggest ideas into reality.

“In Sub-Saharan Africa, the potential for economic expansion in the long term is encouraging and the projected rate of Project Management-Oriented Employment opportunities ramping up at 40 per cent growth,” he said.

He added that the conference would be a platform that empowers organisational leaders and professionals to create change.

He added that the conference was designed to acknowledge and further Africa’s project professionals and changemakers to the continent’s development.

“Building on the success of last year’s conference which attracted more than 2,000 delegates, this year’s virtual conference is expected to attract more changemakers and project professionals than ever.

“The population of Africa has grown rapidly over the past century, making it the second most populated continent, with around 1.37bn people and a growth rate of more than 2.5% per year.

“This makes the continent fertile ground for new projects and investments,” he said.

He added that the conference would provide hands-on, practical information and insights from keynote and session speakers selected for their expertise and passion. (NAN)

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