The first job fair for Rwandan graduates from China was held successfully

On October 25th, 2019, the first job fair connecting Chinese enterprises in Rwanda and Rwandan graduates from China was successfully held in Kigali. His Excellency RAO Hongwei, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda attended the event and delivered a speech. Mr. Gaspard MUSONERA, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Service and Labour, representatives from the Ministry of Education, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Chinese Alumni Organization and Chinese Enterprises Association attended the event.

Ambassador RAO Hongwei said that we have witnessed tremendous growth in the number of Rwandan students studying in China in recent years. They applied their knowledge and skills learned in China to Rwanda's social and economic development and had already become the driver of the friendship and cooperation between two countries.

In 2018, Chinese President XI Jinping's historic visit to Rwanda and the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opened an ambitious chapter in China-Rwanda cooperation. The FOCAC Beijing Summit as well as the Belt and Road Initiative has attracted more Chinese companies to invest in Rwanda, which will create more job opportunities for Rwandan youth. In this context, the job fair will be expected to serve as an exchange platform for Chinese enterprises and Rwandan students.

Ambassador RAO Hongwei also called upon all Chinese companies to continuously abide by local laws, carry out social responsibilities, build up and protect good images of the Chinese companies and promote the healthy and stable development of China-Rwanda economic and trade ties.

Mr. Gaspard MUSONERA, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Service and Labour, expressed appreciation to the Chinese Embassy in Rwanda for the carefully prepared job fair and the long-term support provided by Chinese government. He said the Rwandan Government has been attaching great importance to youth employment and set a target to create 1.5 million jobs by 2024. Rwanda wishes to further strengthen cooperation with China in human resources, education and other areas to create more employment opportunities for Rwanda.

The event was warmly welcomed by Rwandan students and Chinese enterprises. A total of 24 Chinese enterprises participated in the job fair, providing more than 60 jobs. More than 230 job seekers were present to apply for the jobs. 

A photo exhibition entitled beautiful China was also displayed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China during the job fair.

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