The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Project Management Association (IPMA) with view to becoming a member of the IPMA in September. "Being linked in as a key member of this reputable international body will bring a wide range of opportunities," said Dr Bill Young, AIPM national president. "Membership of IPMA will enhance opportunities for our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a large and growing global project management community." Young said the membership would assist the transferability of Australia project management skills internationally: "Ultimately we expect this initiative to raise project management standards and open doors for Australian project managers internationally." Signing of the memorandum occurred at the close of the 23rd IPMA World Congress in Helsinki yesterday. The AIPM will submit its membership application later this year and also make a submission to host the IPMA World Congress in Australia.