The Rwanda?s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) has signed a cooperation agreement with Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) aims at creating employment opportunities for about 4,000 young Rwandans.

The Opportunities Youth Employment? (OYE) project, will be implemented by SNV funded by MasterCard Foundation. The OYE project is a regional program that is targeting to create employment for Rwandan youth for a period of more than five years (2014-2018).

The ministry said the programme is aimed at facilitating skills development and transfer to young graduates, contributing to community development, promoting volunteerism, improving resilience of the graduate youth and reducing idle time.

The Rwanda?s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, said Rwanda commits to facilitate youth create jobs rather than job seekers.

?We have geared up efforts to tackle youth unemployment by working with various partners; this agreement will be assisting us to do several activities at a go, primarily to protect our environment and creating jobs for youth ? which are both important pillars of Rwanda?s sustainable development strategy,? he said.

The ministry said emphasis would be on placement in the rural districts to improve service delivery in those areas.

The objective is to create employment for 4,000 Rwandan young men and women and to establish 70 new youth-led renewable energy enterprises within the next 5 years.

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