Invest for Jobs accompanied the Rwanda Development Board and the Embassy of Rwanda in Germany to the 7th Outsourcing & Shared Services Germany Forum, where they jointly presented Rwanda as an emerging location for ICT and Business-Process-Outsourcing (BPO) services.The aim of the forum is to allow inter-industry exchange on the market for ICT, business process, global business, and process automation services, involving practitioners, management advisors as well as representatives from the public sector. At this occasion, it again came to light how the war in Ukraine is putting the largest and most economical reservoir of resources in Eastern Europe at risk. This, as well as changing market conditions for cross-border and cross-continent exchange, force international and particularly European businesses in the ICT and BPO sectors to re-orientate.The forum posed an excellent opportunity to showcase what Rwanda has to offer as an emerging location for the sector, especially after first successful investment projects in the country – some of which have been supported by Invest for Jobs – proved its readiness for the international market. Rwanda is a modern, rapidly transforming nation: the country is clean, secure, has a great business environment and a fast-growing economy. The Global Business Services (GBS)/BPO sector is instrumental to Rwanda's dual goal of creating decent jobs and transforming the economy. Recent changes in the industry speak to Rwanda's competitive advantages such as its focus on ICT, open economy, and sizable investment into education. This was also highlighted at the forum in Berlin and is summarised in the following video by some of Invest for Jobs’ partners in Rwanda: https://youtu.be/uDEpKy10c3oIn addition to the Rwandan team, the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" teams from Germany and Egypt were also present at the forum to discuss talent and labour markets in Africa. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and with support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the teams did not miss to represent further Invest for Jobs partner countries and projects to the forum.
The consortium around the company Eranove successfully applied for a grant by the Facility Investing for Employment. The Facility is part of Invest for Jobs. On 26 January 2023, the grant contract for 5.17 million euros was signed in Abidjan. In three years, 14,000 people will attend the various training courses offered by the academy and more than 1,100 jobs are expected to be created.
Since its launch in June 2022, the Soft Landing initiative of Invest for Jobs in Tunisia has facilitated the arrival of 10 European and African IT companies in the country. In return, the companies committed to create over 100 high-quality tech jobs for Tunisians.
To implement BMZ’s development-policy priority areas in the 20th legislative period and to address changing global challenges, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation will have a new name and focus. As of January 2023, it will be called Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
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