The National Employment Program Gets Frw 6.2 Billion Job Creation Boost

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Rwanda and Sweden today signed financing agreement worth US$ 7.4 million (approximately Frw 6.2 billion) to support National Employment Program.

The National Employment Program (NEP) is a 5 year program, designed to create new jobs and to enhance the productivity of existing jobs through equipping people with productive skills and promoting entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises growth.

Claver Gatete, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning after signing of the agreement said; “The EDPRS 2 recognizes the important role of employment for economic development and poverty reduction and, accordingly, calls for 200,000 off-farm jobs to be created each year to meet the employment needs of the growing labour force. This financial support will contribute to the achievement of this endeavor”.

The programme has since its start rolled out in all the 30 Districts, building important structures for employment creation and enhanced skills”.

Swedish Ambassador to Rwanda Jenny Ohlsson said: “We appreciate all the combined efforts of implementing NEP as a nationwide employment programme, which has been a huge undertaking for all the involved institutions and resulted in great achievements.

In November 2014, the first agreement on cooperation between Sweden and the Government of Rwanda, was signed to support the implementation of NEP activities in last 3 Finance Years (from Nov 2014 to June 2017) with a grant worth Frw 9.3 Billion.

The first phase of the agreement of Sweden has supported to implement NEP and has mainly contributed to the creation of 80,672 jobs.

 

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