Rwanda targets 200,000 off farm jobs every year

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Government seeks to create more jobs through skills development

Rwanda targets to create 200,000 off farm jobs every year, with the help of the Federal Republic of Germany financing the country skills development programmes, Rwanda’s Finance Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete has said.

The minister made the remarks at the signing of three new agreements worth EUR 18 million (approximately Rwf15 billion) to support Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and to top up on-going programs in the areas of Sustainable Economic Development and Employment, Decentralization and Good Governance.

The funds will contribute to the Rwandan TVET reforms through the support of selected Rwandan Vocational Training Centres and Technical Secondary Schools.

The project activities comprise investments in equipment and rehabilitation/extension of existing facilities and will support the management of selected public TVET institutions.

EUR 12.5 million funds have already for TVET have been made available by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and will focus on a results and strengthening private TVET institutions.

According to Minister Gatete, massive skills in TVET are required to complement tertiary knowledge and the support will facilitate in skills development and employment which is well embedded in the productivity and youth employment as stipulated in the EDPSR2

Rwanda government and the Federal Republic of Germany also signed an intergovernmental Financial Cooperation to support the Rwandan TVET sector worth EUR 7 million within the framework of the Rwandan-German Development Cooperation,

In addition, KfW Development Bank and KfW Country Director Dr. Daniela Beckmann, the Minister of Finance and Work Force Development Agency Director General Jerome Gasana signed a financing and project agreement in support of the Rwandan TVET worth EUR 5.5 million.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Rwanda, Peter Fahrenholtz noted that the relationship between Germany and Rwanda is growing strong and needs to be backed up with concrete actions that have impact on people.

He also reaffirmed to continue working the Rwanda government to make highlights its success story, of which he said gives hope for the rest of Africa among the dependant countries on the continent.

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