Rwanda to host regional youth employment workshop

A regional youth workshop due to be held this Friday September 25, in Kigali will brainstorming on innovative approaches and coherent policy messages regarding youth employment and poverty reduction in the region.

The workshop will organized under the theme ‘Pathways for expanding economic opportunities for Rwanda youths: the role of research and evidence.’

It is expected to attract about seventy participants from different sectors including youth groups, policy makers, the private sector, civil society, and resource persons from the regional countries, especially Uganda and Kenya.

While unemployment levels in the region remain high, with Rwanda now at 3.4 percent, the government seeks to create at least 200,000 off-farm jobs per year in the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), while currently only 146,000 are created.

The following are some of the key issues   to be addressed during the conference include: innovative approaches in programs, policies and entrepreneurship ventures and how these can be supported scaled up to benefit a wider section of disadvantaged youths.

The outcomes of the conference, to be tagged as “Kigali resolutions” are expected to draw a set of policy and program recommendation to foster, fast track youth employment initiatives through national consultative frameworks of stakeholders in the region.

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