Profica expands in Francophone Africa

22 July 2016

Leading property and construction solutions company Profica is becoming increasingly well known for its competency in Francophone Africa, countries overseen by French project management expert Thierry Giannone.

Profica completed new offices for General Electric in addition to its fit-out project for Ericsson in Cote d’Ivoire.  Giannone sees great potential for development in these countries, with a particular focus on Cote D’Ivoire and Cameroon.

Says Giannone: “Our local insight and experience is key – we know how Africa works and have a solid understanding of operating there, a vital component of project success. We are developing a French-speaking project management team and building our local teams as we continue to focus on skills transfer.”

Project manager Aaron Bigmore says that since he started projects in Cote d’Ivoire n 2012, development has boomed. “Development has just exploded in Cote D’Ivoire. Abidjan has the potential to be a main hub in Francophone West Africa.”

The Cote D’Ivoire government is developer-friendly and contractors there are very competent.

IN addition to GE and Ericsson, Profica is involved in the conceptual stages for both new-build and redevelopment projects in the commercial sector in Abidjan.

Cameroon is another region where the current business environment is making the construction sector more dynamic. Profica was recently appointed as the project managers on a new mixed use development consisting of 20,000 m2 GLA shopping centre in Douala.

Profica is expecting a number of other projects to kick off across the Francophone countries in the near future. “We have a well-established network and knowledge base in many of the Francophone countries and are ready to tackle major projects in this hub of opportunity,” says Giannone.

Profica was recently rated the top project management company in South Africa by for the fourth time in six years. Headquartered in Johannesburg, it has regional offices in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya,

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