The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today organized a consultative meeting with stakeholders of the labor force ahead of the launch of its ‘Kora’ online job portal.
The Kora job portal has been designed to facilitate job seekers to find suitable employment by generating employment information, linking them with potential employers as well as offering employers with information that can enhance the efficient use of human resources in their organizations.
RDB developed the Kora job portal in collaboration with the GIZ (German Development Corporation Agency) under the joint Rwanda-German Eco-Emploi (Promotion of Economy and Employment) program.
The meeting convened stakeholders from government institutions, private employment service providers and companies.
Speaking while making her remarks, Elodie Rusera, the RDB Chief Skills Officers said:
“The role of ICT solutions in employment services is critical in attaining and connecting job seekers to employers as well as providing information to the many users within the job creation eco-system.
The objective of establishing a well-functioning public job portal is to improve outreach and quality of public employment services which eventually results in job-matching.”
Faustin Mwambari, the Director General of Labour and Employment at the Ministry of Public Service and Labor said:
“This portal comes at a suitable time when statistics show that the unemployment rate is high among; the youth at 19.3%, university graduates at 16% and upper secondary school level at 23.2% according to the Labor Force Survey done by the Rwanda National Institute of Statistics.
At the same time, statistics from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) show that over 3.7 million people in Rwanda, which is 29.1% of the population are active internet users. Through the Kora online portal, job seekers will be able to create their profiles with all required information and search and apply for available jobs posted while organizations will also be able to advertise existing vacancies and read through applications conveniently.”
Inga Kluender-Pruss, the Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Kigali said:
“Digitalization is a cross-cutting area of the German Development Cooperation and today one result of how digital solutions can enable job matching and career planning was presented to us. Now Rwanda has a nationwide, state of the art platform for providing employment services which are vital for a growing economy.”