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Growing Project Management in Africa

In recent years, Africa has gone from being described as ‘The Hopeless Continent’ (Economist Magazine, 2000), to ‘The Hopeful Continent’ (Economist Magazine, 2013). This hopefulness may be attributed to sub-Saharan Africa being home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world; the improving business climate and interest from foreign investors; and transforming governments and governance to name just a few positive indicators. 

Infrastructure is central to Africa’s development and contributes significantly to the continent’s per capita growth rate through global sentiment and enhanced productivity. 

For Africa, infrastructure means far more than bricks and mortar. It means IT systems, enhanced financial services, enabling telecommunications solutions, governance protocols, improved service delivery, new sources of energy, and optimisation of our endowments of natural resources. In short, infrastructure means progress, and infrastructure means projects. 
With investment estimated at $93 billion for new, rehabilitated and maintained infrastructure on the continent, the time for the skilled African project manager is now.

In 2014, Project Management South Africa celebrates the professional practice of project management and its relevance on the African continent, acknowledging the determination, innovation and creativity applied to overcoming some of the challenges associated with achieving project success in Africa. Through its Biennial Conference, PMSA aims to explore the nature of projects in Africa and what it takes to achieve success and contribute to a body of learning that can guide strategic project management and thus serve contemporaries in the project disciplines across the spectrum of industries.
Many of our good practices and project innovations were grown right here in Africa. Others have been borrowed from the ‘developed’ world and made relevant to our local reality. Still others have yet to be discovered while we develop a better understanding of what Africa needs and how the stakeholders in project management can provide it. 

Join PMSA and your peers in project management for a three-day journey of learning and knowledge exchange as we remind each other why we believe in this continent and the many opportunities she presents.

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