This weekend saw Region 16 countries attend the Leadership Institute Meeting hosted by the newly chartered Mauritius Chapter, at the Mauritius Hotel and Spa in Mauritius. Chapter representitives hailed from across the continent, including Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa.
President Dr Lynn Keeys, VP Finance Kishoor Pitamber, VP Membership Peter Raw and VP Professional Development Nirvana Rampersad represented the South Africa Chapter for two days of learning, building and sharing with our Region 16 counterparts.
The first meeting of the day was an update and review of resources and strategic approaches to improving services. Topics covered were tools and resources, organizing PMI events, developing sustainable social good programs, and leading with certification to grow chapter membership.
South Africa and Cameroon Chapter lunched together to talk about how Camaroon could learn from how PMI SA Chapter carry out activities in areas of mutual interest, and to establish information sharing methods. The first day’s sessions ended with a vibrant and engaging panel discussion covering different challenges that were commonly experienced by Chapters. The panel was made up of PMI experts from the region, including:
- Tarnbir Kaur (CAE Manager, Chapter Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)),
- Ahmad Al Moghrabi, (Chapter Partner, Middle East and Africa, Chapter Development Department – Middle East Office)
- Michael Kimera (Africa Chapter Administrator | Chapter Development Department – Middle East Office)
- Current Regional Mentor Dickinson Dickinson Agyapong-Bempa from Ghana Chapter
- Shadow Mentor Ike Nwankwo from Nigeria Chapter.
Topics addressed included effective chapter leadership and programs. Suggestions and learnings from such a rich African cultural brew illustrated the possibiltiies and potential that our chapters can collectively harness as a collective.
After a long but energising day of learning and sharing skills, the day ended with a celebratory display of cultural diversity and comeraderie at the renowned Indian restaurant Namaste at the Port Louis Waterfront. An evening of great networking, laughter and displays of dancing prowess was the perfect ending to the first day LIM.