LI Yong, the director general of the United Nationals Industrial development Organization-UNIDO has said increasing capacity building would help Rwanda foster its ambitious agenda of growing the industry sector.
The capacity for industrialization and also skills development, Yong says are key priorities towards industrialization as the country’s plans to leapfrog the economy into middle income by 2020.
“The country should build a vocational training so that people can have capability to contribute to the country’s industrialization,” Yong said during the signing ceremony of country programme between UNIDO and the government of Rwanda.
The Director who is on a two day official visit in Rwanda added that bringing in more foreign Direct Investments which come with expertise and provide necessary skills the industry sector requires will also contribute to capacity for industrialization.
The programme which will be implemented from 2016-2020 and has number of key areas of focus including support to the implementation of industrial policy and support to special economic zones.
Others are support to agro-value addition and food processing, developing human capacity for industrialization and economic transformation, environment management and the energy for productive use.
Yong says UNIDO together with United nations Secretary General working on the African Industrialization that will provide both financial and technical assistance to African countries to develop industrialization.
The Minister of Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba says the implementation of the country programme will be key towards achieving national priorities outlined in the country’s vision 2020.
“This will help further diversify the economy and boost job creation through value addition and private sector development,’ the Minister said.
Moreover, the technical cooperation will help the country achieve the sustainable Development goals-SDG agenda mainly the SDG 9 which emphasizes building of resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.