KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan presidential candidates will for the
first time in the history of the Rwanda elections appear in a
live television debate ahead of August 4 polls, said the
National Electoral commission (NEC) of the country on Wednesday.
candidates, incumbent President Paul Kagame of the ruling party
Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), Frank Habineza of the Democratic
Green Party of Rwanda and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent
candidate, will face off next week, in the much anticipated
television debate, NEC’s executive secretary Charles Munyaneza
told Xinhua on a telephone interview.
He said the Rwanda
Broadcasting Agency and NEC are currently organizing the live
“We are organizing
the live presidential debate for aspiring candidates which will
take place sometime next week. We shall confirm the day, time
and venue in the due course. The event will give voters an easy
platform to listen to the presidential candidates and then judge
for themselves ahead of the polls,” he said.
He also said that
more than 1,000 election observers from European Union, East
African Community (EAC), African Union, members of the
diplomatic missions accredited to Rwanda, and Rwanda civil
society organizations, among others, have already been confirmed
to participate in the August presidential election.
EAC is set to send a
team of 27 election observers, headed by former Kenyan Vice
President Moody Awori, to monitor presidential elections in
Rwanda due on August 4, EAC’s Deputy Secretary General in Charge
of Political Federation Charles Njoroge told journalists in
Kigali on Wednesday.
Njoroge who was in
Rwanda for a previous election said the election mood is
conducive compared to other countries where electoral period is
marred with violence.
About 6.8 million
will participate in the election from 5.7 million who
participated in 2010 presidential elections, according to NEC.
World Bank gives Rwanda 120 mln
USD credit for skills development
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The World Bank announced Monday 120 million U.S.
dollars credit to support Rwanda’s skills development.
The World Bank’s
country manager to Rwanda Yasser El-Gammal said the credit
facility was expected to help in the implementation of programs
under Rwanda’s development blueprint, the second Economic
Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2).
“It will also help
Rwanda achieve its target of creating more than 200,000 off-farm
jobs as prescribed in the EDPRS2 blueprint,” he said at the
signing ceremony of the financing deal in Kigali, capital city
concessional loan will be allocated toward priority sectors
including manufacturing, energy, transport and logistics, said
Rwanda’s finance minister Claver Gatete.
The programs that
the loan will support including a 3-year Priority Skills Program
for Growth project, which will focus on high priority economic
sectors such as energy, transport and logistics, and
manufacturing with a focus on “Made in Rwanda” products.
The program will
ensure provision of quality training program with market
relevance, and expand opportunities for continuous upgrading of
job-relevant skills for sustained employability.
This is the second
line of credit extended to Rwanda in the recent past.
Last week, the World
Bank Group announced 50 million U.S. dollars towards Rwanda’s
power connectivity through off-grid solutions.
Rwanda hosts Africa summit on
youth entrepreneurship, skills development
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The inaugural of YouthConnekt Africa Summit
scheduled for Wednesday in the Rwandan Capital, Kigali, will
focus on promoting job creation through entrepreneurship and
skills development among young people, according to organizers.
The conference that
will gather about 2,500 participants including more than 100
youth entrepreneurs’ exhibitions is organized by the government
of Rwanda, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Rwandan minister of
youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana told reporters on Tuesday
the event will primarily dwell on motivating and supporting
young people in Africa to address unemployment through
entrepreneurship and skills development.
“We are looking at
empowering African youth to be entrepreneurs and participate in
advocacy and become role models in their communities. The summit
will also encourage economic development and transformation
among young people,” he added.
Rwanda will host the
YouthConnekt Africa Summit from July 19-21 dubbed: “Realizing
Africa’s Youth Potential” and will bring together government
officials, the youth, entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals
and start-ups shaping the African technological ecosystem to
interact and discuss on the methods of using technology to drive
Africa economic growth.
Jack Ma, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, founder and
executive chairman of Alibaba Group is expected to be among key
guest speakers the event, alongside, Rwanda President Paul
Kagame, secretary general of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi and UNDP
assistant administrator Abdoulaye Mar Diye.
Mar Diye, this is the time for young people across Africa to
take part in increasing Africa’s competitiveness in the global
economy through entrepreneurship and job creation.
opportunities, providing entrepreneurial development, access to
financial technology, and leadership programs will shape the
future of our youth in Africa,” he said.
is a result of a highly successful initiative launched in 2012
by the government of Rwanda and UNDP.
initiative is a multi-faceted program that engages youth in
national dialogue, and works with them to find or create their
own employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
It’s designed to
realize the demographic dividend by combining elements of skills
development, entrepreneurship, access to jobs and finance,
awareness raising on issues related to youth development, and
promotion of youth citizenship.