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The Project Management Institute (PMI) Lahore Chapter organised the 2nd Project Management Symposium with the theme of making project management work for Pakistan at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club here on Saturday. The conference was attended by the profession’s top brains and renowned speakers from Pakistan and other countries. PMI is the largest professional organization for project managers with half a million members in 180 countries.

In the opening address, PMI Lahore Chapter President Dr Rizwan Sheikh emphasised the need for using modern project management practices to tackle productivity and performance issues in the public and the private sector. He highlighted the work of the chapter and asked members to increase their efforts for creating awareness for project management.

The opening session also included a ceremony to recognise 60 project managers who had recently attended prestigious project management professional certification. The audience of over 140 top project managers and decision makers from public and private sector appreciated the efforts of the chapter in organising the largest project management event in the country.

Lahore chapter Secretary Engr. Masood Said said that the symposium was aimed at highlighting project management in Pakistan to a global audience. He hoped that the symposium would play a key role in achieving the goal of improving performance of projects in Pakistan. He said project management is very much essentional for energy projects, especially in current era when Pakistan is going through a very challenging energy crisis. The solution to this crisis is the implementation of energy projects including hydro, gas pipelines, coal fired plants, refineries, etc, he added.

The symposium was held to explore and share ideas on how project management can be used to deliver successful projects - “Making Project Management work for Pakistan”, especially in the public sector.

This conference was addressed by local and international speakers from industry and academia. The topics for the conference were hydro projects, alternate energy projects, model for ensuring success of public sector project, leadership, program management, and public sector procurement. This conference played a key role in achieving the goal of improving performance of projects in Pakistan.