The Project Management Institute (PMI) is helping the Small and Medium Enterprise sector grow by training and providing skills to owners of businesses in the sector.

According to the President, PMI, Dr Lambert Ofoegbu in an interview, the skills taught by members of PMI would help the SME operators conduct their businesses in stages from the beginning to the end.

Dr Ofoegbu stated that the PMI collaborates with other organizations in supporting SMEs. He said the institute has a strong leaning towards youth empowerment and SMEs owned by youths, helping them with the basic steps to execute projects.

Also, Titiola Park, the coordinator of Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF), which is the philanthropic arm of PMI, said the PMIEF provides resources to various fields of social good among its chapter communities and global communities at no-cost.

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“For nearly 30 years, the PMIEF has helped put youths on the path to success by incorporating project management skills into their daily lives.” 

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“The PMIEF is narrowing its strategic focus even more in order to make a greater impact and provide increased value to young people around the world by working through nonprofits,” Titiola Park.

The PMI is a volunteer-based not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with over 500,000 members and over 1.5 million certification holders. PMI is present in nearly every country around the world.

The mission of PMI, according to its Regional Mentor, Ike Nwankwo, is to, “Advance careers, improve organizational success and further mature the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certification, resources, tools, academic researches, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities.”

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Mr Nwanko said the PMI was equipping people with skills and capabilities needed to turn ideas into reality and with these skills, organizations are able to deliver value to stakeholders through successful completion of projects; delivery of products and alignment to value streams; all of which are  geared towards delivering financial and societal value.

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