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Cameroon – Management: This is why many projects fail in Cameroon!

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Written by Deckson N.

Study shows that the country has only 300 people certified in project management while the demand is estimated at 5000.

The competitiveness of the Cameroonian economy is under strain. In its 2016-2017 report, the World Economic Forum (WEF), an institution of the World Bank, ranked Cameroon at the 119th spot out of 138 countries worldwide. In the previous report, Cameroon was 114th out of 140 nations. A fall that the WEF attributes to delays in some sectors, notably the projects.

A few days before the publication of the study of the WEF, the Prescription firm drew the attention to the causes of the poor implementation of projects in Cameroon. This was during a press conference in Yaounde by the firm of intelligence for technology in Africa.

In its issue of 30 September 2016, La Nouvelle Expression (LNE), identifies some of the projects difficult. “The maturity of the project, the lack of deep project management, and the lack of certified human resources likely to carry forward the projects launched by the country.

According to the financial engineer Babissakana, Cameroon has fewer than 300 people certified in project management. Yet the need is much greater. “Given the volume of projects being developed on the national territory, we would need 5000 people with certification,” says Babissakana.

Which brings LNE to analyze that “the lack of qualified human resources, when Cameroon has chosen to adopt the budget project approach is even more striking. The African Development Bank, in another report produced in 2015, noted aptly that on all the projects presented by the Cameroonian government, 50% were not eligible for funding by international organizations.

To find solutions to the problem, the Prescriptor firm organizes a pan-African conference on the management of projects. This will be of 2 to 4 November 2016 in Yaounde.

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