By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU.

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management institute (PMI) has launched the Inaugural National Project Awards the 29-June-2017. The award will be held at the Dublin offices of sponsor PWC on November 1.

This award will promote the vital role of project managers in the uncertain times ahead and the best practice being developed to overcome obstacles that threaten project success within the growing profession.

Six categories will be open for public nomination, including PMO of the year, SME Project of the Year, Private Sector (non-SME) Project of the Year, Public Sector Project of the Year, and Project Management for Social Good. The highly anticipated PwC-sponsored Project Professional of the Year will also be open for public nomination.

The awards will include one honorary nomination for Distinguished Contribution to Project Management, sponsored by the IrelandChapter of PMI. The deadline for all nominations is September 1 and the finalists will be announced October 6.

According to a Chapter survey, four in five projects managers predict an increase in international projects coming to Ireland as a direct result of Brexit. However, 59% of those surveyed said the current housing crisis will be the biggest obstacle affecting this growth over the coming 24 months. The lack of technical infrastructure was a concern for 18%, while 17% said increased competition from the US due to proposed tax cuts by American president, Donald Trump would be an issue.

“Our members are predicting significant foreign direct investment coming to this country. Project management will play a key role in the management and delivery of these projects. The appetite validates just how invaluable skilled project managers are, and will be, to the economy and we want to highlight and showcase this with the National Project Awards. However, the biggest obstacle is that rents and house prices are rising sharply. We need joined-up thinking and workable solutions from all invested stakeholders on how to tackle this issue” said the Ireland Chapter of PMI President Niall Murphy.

“We are delighted to partner with the Ireland Chapter of PMI to launch the inaugural National Project Awards. With such unprecedented levels of change within the business and political environment at the moment, fostering a community of truly excellent project managers is of critical importance to Ireland’s competitiveness and our ability to maintain our agility in this changing environment. It is important that we recognise the significant asset our top class project managers represent to Irish business and these awards shine a spotlight on the achievements in project management, profiling best practice in the field throughout Ireland” added Félim Harvey, partner in PWC heading up their portfolio and programme management practice in Ireland.

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