This Thursday 3/9/2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation His Excellency Ambassador Albert Shingiro officially launched the project to reduce youth unemployment through capacity building and the involvement of the Diaspora.
In his words of welcome, the Mayor of the City of Bujumbura CP Jimmy Hatungimana said he was delighted that the City of Bujumbura was chosen for the official launch of this project and especially that it is part of the two geographic areas targeted for the implementation of this project. He promised them to count on his support and that of the communal Administrators of the city of Bujumbura for the implementation of this project.
In his speech, the Head of Mission a.i of the International Organization for Migration in Burundi Mr. Ali Abdi, said that the objective of the project is to reduce the unemployment of young Burundians by creating sustainable employment opportunities and providing young people in vulnerable situations with the professional and business skills necessary to succeed in the formal labor market.
For his part, the Country Manager a.i of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Mr. Abdoulaye Konate recalled that the AfDB is committed to supporting Burundi in its economic and social development programs. In this regard, particular emphasis is placed on the mitigation of vulnerability factors and the reduction of youth unemployment, through all of its operations, particularly in the fields of agriculture, energy and transport.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation His Excellency Ambassador Albert Shingiro, for his part, indicated that the Government of Burundi attaches great importance to this project which is part of Burundi’s strategy of working tirelessly, for the reduction of youth unemployment as it is well articulated in the National Development Plan of Burundi 2018-2027, and more particularly in the strategic line of intervention 7 focused on decent employment and youth.
This project will last two years and will be financed by the African Development Bank to the tune of 1,398,001 USD (approximately 2.5 billion Burundian francs). It will directly benefit at least 450 young people (50% of whom are women), in particular young people at risk of violence or criminality, young internally displaced persons and young returnees, and young people engaged in sports activities within various associations. The strategic and technical orientation for the implementation of this project will be under the supervision of a tripartite steering committee (Government of Burundi, AfDB and IOM).