Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management professional association, hosted the China Project Management Congress 2020 in Shenzhen on November 28 and 29.
With the theme of Creating a Bright Future with The Project Economy, the in-person event attracted more than 600 outstanding corporate executives from well-known Chinese and international companies, project management elites from various industries, and subject matter experts and scholars from renowned universities. Due to the pandemic, for the first time in its 11-year history, the Congress was also available via live stream where more than 7,800 attendees joined.
The Congress focused on the development status and trends of domestic and foreign project management in the post-pandemic era to further promote the strong recovery of China’s economy, accelerate the business back on track, and inject more positive energy into development.
Bob Chen, the Managing Director of PMI China said at the event, “The economic recovery after the pandemic has become a topic of great concern to everyone. Project management experience accounts for the success of business, innovation, and change, which has become more critical than ever. Effective project management will release new momentum for recovery and development.”
At the meeting, more than 30 senior experts and enterprise executives, including Wan Jinfa, Deputy Director of China International Talent Exchange Foundation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Jiang Xiaojun, Senior Vice President, State Grid International Development Co. Ltd, shared their insights on project management practices during the main session and three breakout sessions, providing participants with diversified perspectives and thought starters.
Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of PMI pointed out that, “The most fascinating part of project management is turning ideas into reality. And the project management practitioners, or as we call them, “change-makers,” behind the projects are irreplaceable. Project management has become the way we get work done. So, we should upgrade the project management skills of both organizations and individuals to meet more challenges in the future.
The 2020 PMI (China) Project Management Award Ceremony was also held during the event. The final annual project award went to the State Grid Brazil Holding Company’s Brazil’s Meilishan Hydropower to send the second phase of ±800 kV UHV DC transmission project. Alibaba Group’s Infrastructure Division Strategic PMO (Project Management Office) won the annual PMO award. 11 awards were also announced, setting a new benchmark for organization-level project management and promoting industry best practices. The 2020 PMI (China) Project Management Excellent Education Award was jointly won by Tianjin University and Hohai University, which has played a role in promoting the sustainable and healthy development of China's project management education.