'No Nation Or Company Can Develop Without Project Management'
By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
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Project management expert, Mr. Hector Emmanuel Adjetey Boye, who is among the few Africans to be on the Fifth Edition (latest edition) of Content Committee of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) has observed that no nation or company can develop without harnessing the skills and knowledge of project management professionals.
According to him, project management is about applying the skills, knowledge and techniques with resources to deliver a unique product or service. In this regard it is, therefore, a cardinal pillar in the socio-economic development of a country, especially Ghana, he told Business Chronicle at Aburi in the Eastern Region.
Mr. Adjetey Boye added: 'Projects are the building blocks of development. With the same concept, businesses also go through some specific projects in their stages of development'.
Mr. Adjetey Boye, who is also a member of Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession with the purpose of advancing project management globally, noted that the USA-headquartered institute has chapters in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
With professional resources and research to empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations' success and further mature their profession, PMI also offers globally recognized standards and certification programmes.
To initially obtain a PMI credential, candidates must document that required education and experience requirements have been met through the application process. Following verification, candidates must pass an examination consisting of multiple choice questions. The certification is based on the PMBOK® Guide, Mr. Adjetey Boye explained.
When quizzed about who qualifies to become a member of PMI, he said everybody is qualified to join the institute, whose Ghana chapter will be holding a seminar week from 25 th to 27 th September, 2013.
Mr. Adjetey Boye, who chairs the upcoming PMI Ghana Chapter Week Planning Committee used the occasion to outline some of the activities planned for the week. He mentioned that on the 25 th September, 2013, members of the chapter would hold a press conference to create awareness about the young chapter.
On the following day, there will be institutional visits where members of the PMI Ghana will pay visit to members' workplaces in the Accra metropolis. The rationale, he says, is to 'promote the PMI concept of membership values'.
On the last day, members of PMI Ghana and other stakeholders are expected to attend a forum at Alisa Hotel, Accra, which will be addressed by the Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang and the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Telecom Chambers, Kwaku Sakyi-Addo.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hector Emmanuel Adjetey Boye and his friend Reverend Emmanuel Ansah, who celebrated their 50 th birthday presented items including five networked internet-based computers, a printer/fax/scanner/copier, assorted library books, furniture, air-conditioner, and washing machine to the Lighthouse Christian Children's Home at Jamaicaso, a suburb of Aburi in the Eastern Region.