Human resource capacity in public and private sector continues to be a challenge as Rwanda continues to intensify its efforts to properly position itself within the global economy.
According to a study conducted by the ministry of trade and commerce the labour structure is such that 11% of workers have secondary school level of education while a whooping 87% are primary school holders or those with no formal qualification and only 2% are university graduates.
Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the minister of trade and commerce told The New Times on phone that, the government has took concrete measures to address this huge gap within its current labour structure.
For instance the private sector has launched Business Development services centers while the Rwanda Development Board has initiated Trade point to boost the competitiveness of local business entities.
‘The government is a ware of the problem and in close collaboration with its stakeholders such as the private sector we are coming up with responsive initiatives and programs to counter this imbalance’, Nsanzabaganwa said.
Over the last few years, the Government has initiated a comprehensive set of reforms to boost the national labour sector so as to enable the country offer better calibre of workforce.
Part of this includes continuously striving to upgrade the educational standards within the formal learning systems while also boosting efforts at offering on the job training for the exiting workforce.
‘We have encouraged the CEO’s and other leaders to acquire executive education part time so as to sharpen their skills as part of our efforts at tackling the human resources gap’, Nsanzabaganwa added.
Related to the acute shortage of manpower policy makers have taken note of the local perceptions within the populace with respect to entrepreneurship.
This is being addressed through the boosting the activities of a flagship organization for the coutry’s young private sector, the Private sector Federation.
PSF is on the forefront of offering both advocacy and championing the interests of the private sector to make it more competitive.