12 April 2015 | 7:30
Amin Saidoun

Moving IPMA and Project Management forward in Morocco !

Project managers in Morocco are forming an association to promote project management as a way to translate visions and strategies into reality.

The first IPMA conference in Morocco took place on 2nd of April 2015 in Casablanca at the Palace d’Anfa, a well-known hotel in the business capital of Morocco. The objective of the conference was twofold: First, to increase the awareness on the importance of project management to successfully perform change. Second, gather members for the creation of the future Moroccan Project management Association (AAMP: Association Marocaine en Management de Projets). This body engages in the promotion of the profession and facilitates the convergence of many existing Moroccan project management competences from various sectors The main topics covered during the conference were: the IPMA competence base- line, the development and assessment of competences, how project management can contribute to change, how competences are certified and how IPMA and a future Moroccan Project Management Association could develop a career plan in project management.

The title “Project management as a catalyst of successful change” was well reflected in a presentation delivered by a project Director from the prestigious national project “Construction of a high speed train (Ligne à Grande Vitesse, LGV) between Tangiers and Casablanca”, with the support of SNCF, the French rail way company. This project started in 2007 and will be finalised in 2017. It will count 800 km of the rails, the construction of 4 stations, 13 viaducs, 12 trains, and most important 4000 persons are working on this project that is steered through a modern organisation and project management office according to a professional governance model.

Morocco has deliberately chosen not work on a turnkey basis but to work in collaboration with the French Rail way authorities. Indeed, Morocco has understood the need to develop local competences and develop the country’a need in transport infrastructure, of which the line Tangiers – Casablanca is only the beginning. Plans to liaise the Maghreb capitals already exist and during the discussions, a rail line between the Moroccan and Algerian capitals was mentioned, knowing that this is a project on a longer run.

The conference was well attended by 180 participants (80 expected) from many economic sectors. Among the participants where executives and representatives from private companies such as international and national banks, international auditing and consulting companies, IT and textile companies; public companies and administrations such as the Moroccan Central Bank, a hospital, Ministry of Health, the national transport and mining company well as representatives from Education such as the university of Mohammed V in Rabat, University of Hassan II and PhD students in economics and business administration.

The Maghreb and Morocco in particular is an emerging region in Africa and with close economic ties to Europe, it presents a high potential for the development of local project management. In this context, IPMA with the support of SMAP (its member association in France) are incubating the creation of a Moroccan Project Management Association. From the picture below you can see that Casablanca, the business capital of the Kingdom is an important hub to many French speaking African countries who are also undergoing profound changes with large infrastructure projects in urban planning, transport, tourism, mining, and utilities. Morocco is as stable country in the region and easy to access with no complex visa procedures. Moroccan executives see the country as a bridge to many French speaking African Countries in the region, an approach that reflects in many ways the regional approach and vision of IPMA.
Finally, the event was also a right place to advertise IPMA Congress in Panama, up to the point that after having presented the film on Panama Congress venue many participants mentioned after the meeting that one day a similar prestige event on project management will be organised in Morocco, in-challah!

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The incubators of the future Moroccan Association on Project Management and organisers of the event: from left to right: Andre Brun, Azeddine Bourachdi, Amin Saidoun, Majid Tronji 

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Casablanca, an important hub and bridge between Europe, French speaking Africa and the Middle-East

Written by
Amin Saidoun

Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 20 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East and involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management

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