Rwanda has started recruiting Zimbabweans to fill critical skilled gaps in its education sector, exploiting the good bilateral relations that exist between the two countries.
The hiring of locally-trained personnel is a consummation of the professional memorandum of understanding signed last year that allows the two republics to exchange educational personnel and expertise.
Zimbabwe and Rwanda enjoy excellent bilateral relations and the latest exchange is anchored on protecting citizens from unethical and unfair recruitment practices in foreign lands.
In a statement this week, the two countries confirmed the hiring of Zimbabwean education professionals with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare acting in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to fill job positions under four categories.
Those being recruited in the opening phase are teachers and trainers for primary and secondary education, plus polytechnic and university lecturers.
The initial phase of recruiting Zimbabweans for employment in Rwanda is closing on June 4, but is expected to expand further.
Zimbabwean professionals are highly-regarded across the globe and first world countries especially the United Kingdom and the United States have been scouting for local talent.
When the MoU was signed in December, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima explained the importance of the arrangement.
“The signing of the MoU indeed enables both our countries to protect our citizens from the dangers of unethical and unfair recruitment practices which nowadays characterise the recruitment of human capital across the borders and foreign labour markets in general,” said Minister Mavima.
“This partnership creates an avenue for both Zimbabwe and Rwanda to play a significant role in advancing the ideals of our continent as encapsulated in the continental development frameworks given the fact that human capital development is critical to delivering on both the Agenda 2063 Vision and the aspirations of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.”
“I am happy that our MoU has comprehensive provisions which ingrain decent work principles across the whole process of exchange of personnel and expertise, including critical issues in labour migration such as non-discrimination and portability of social security benefits,” said Minister Mavima.
“I have no doubt that this MoU shall indeed be a template of good practice across the continent of Africa and beyond.
“Let me accordingly commend the technical officials of both countries for a well-crafted agreement.”
The expeditious establishment of both the joint recruitment committee and the joint technical committee to facilitate the swift implementation of the MoU agreement is what both parties want to work on.
“It is our hope that delays and bureaucratic inertia will not be allowed to stand in the way for the immediate consummation of the MoU we have signed today.
“There is scope for us to explore wider cooperation in various areas of expertise between our two countries.”
Prof Mavima saluted the able leadership of President Mnangagwa and President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda’s Education Minister, Dr Valentine Uwamariya was happy with the signing of the MoU and expressed optimism the agreed terms will be implemented quickly for the benefit of all parties involved.
“The signing of this MoU marks an important milestone in the partnership between Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
“The MoU will also make it possible for Rwanda to hire Zimbabwean teachers and lecturers for teaching in the college of medicine and health sciences,” said Dr Uwamariya.
Source : State Controlled Herald