Second Secretary at the High Commission of India to Rwanda, with residence in Kampala, Mr. Madhusudhana Rao visited to devise ways of boosting India-Africa vocational training and Business Incubation Centre (BIC).
He held talks with Rwanda Workforce development Authority (WDA) management on strategies to make the center more productive in Kigali.
The center was established in December 2014 with assistance from the Government of India, represented by its National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).
About 158 have graduated from the center and according to the center Manager Alex Munyaneza, they (graduates) are at a stage of presenting their projects to the Savings and Credit Cooperatives at Sector levels for financial support.
Discussions during this visit focused on how the center develop further and included; the possibility of allowing in more master trainers especially in machine operation and repair, provision of spare parts, small and affordable machines for graduates and sharing best practices from well established centers in India.
Mr. Madhusudhana Rao said that all this would be reported back to his Government for consideration.
Currently, the center is training over 100 youth and was designed to train skills in Bakery, tomato ketchup and fruit juice making, edible oil extraction, packaging, soya milk extraction, automatic wire nail manufacturing, paper napkin manufacturing, toilet roll making, knitting, stitching and embroidery, cell phone preparing, potato chips manufacturing, popcorn making, Ice cream cone making, air conditioners and refrigeration, fashion designing, mini offset printing and crockery.
According to WDA’s Deputy Director General in charge of training IreneeNsengiyumva the center is expected to enroll university graduates for short-course trainings under the National Employment Program (NEP).
The center has the capacity of training about 350 students within all installed technologies.
Inclusiveness of persons living with disabilities is also being put into consideration as also said by WDA’s Deputy Director General in charge of corporate services.