The Minister of Public Service and Labor Wednesday reaffirmed government’s commitment to creation of 1.5 million jobs under its seven year program which runs from 2017 to 2024.
Fanfan Rwanyindo was speaking in Nyagatare district in the Eastern Province as Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark International Labor Day which falls on May 1 every year.
These jobs will be created from various sectors such as agriculture, livestock farming, business and mining, the minister said at the event.
Calling for collective effort to enable government to meet its job creation target, the minister urged Rwandan workers to love work and support local production.
The role of private sector and other stakeholders is critical in government’s quest to create jobs for Rwandans, she added.
The national Labor Day celebrations in Rwanda were combined with centenary celebrations of the International Labor Organisation.
The day was marked under the theme: Quality Work, A Catalyst for Sustainable Development.
During the event, selected companies were recognized for their role in creating jobs.
The minister and other government officials marked the day by also by touring industries providing jobs in Nyagatare district including Inyange industries and East African Granite factory.
May Day celebrations were also being held at work stations for different institutions in the country.
Meanwhile, the Rwanda Workers Trade Union Confederation (CESTRAR), Wednesday issued a statement calling on the government to push ahead with efforts to set up the minimum wage which is commensurate with changing cost of living.
Last year, Parliament reviewed the 2009 labor law under which a ministerial order of the minister of labor can announce a minimum wage for various professions in the informal and formal sector.
The union said for workers to do quality work there is need for good working conditions.
The current minimum wage was set at Rwf100 in the 1980s which labor unions say is outdated.
The level of minimum wage considers needs of workers and their families, general level of wages in the country, the cost of living, social security benefits, and the relative living standards of other social groups, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).