Previously, the Minster of Public service, skills development and labour declared that only foreigners with at least a master’s degree would be able to work in Rwanda without work permits.
Nevertheless, this will soon become history because the minister has fine-tuned his statement to include all foreigners’ possibility of working without the permits, beginning this year.
The government of Rwanda has considered using this strategy so that it can open up its job market and attract foreign skill in line with the country’s foreign policy.
However, this has not gone down well with the Rwandan masses who are afraid of the likely competition for jobs, a situation that might render them unemployed.
Actually, Rwandans should be rest assured that their employment is not under threat because nationals will be given priority.
If truth be told, a big number of the working population lacks required skill to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
A survey conducted by the ministry on the employment status in the country states that, over 37.5 percent of the working population has never been to school.
Rwandan needs foreign skill to add on what they have. In fact, Rwandans should support and cooperate with foreign workers and not look at them as opportunists but rather as a prospect to improve skills and services.
I am sure the development will help improve working conditions and skills of the workforce in the country. Besides, creating more jobs is everyone’s duty.