Despite having a comparatively low rate of joblessness vis-à-vis East African and Great Lakes Region countries, at 8%, Rwanda still lags behind in nurturing market skills that can help locals grab opportunities as they emerge.
According to Vincent Kimani of a Kigali-based HR firm, RUMA Consult, Rwandans fail to shine in the business scene whenever there is a competitive advantage required in a level-paying field pitting the locals with regional job-seekers.
The major impediment that needs reevaluation is in semantic market skills. Rwandans perform poorly in comparison with East Africans when it comes to the Queen’s English, a major requisite of today’s global corporate society.
Business Lingual Demographics with a little Bit of the Socio-political
Rwanda has three official languages including the mother tongue, French, as well as, English. Prior to the 1994 genocide, the country was ideally a Francophone culture, which has since marginally changed in favor of English, following the straining of diplomacy with Paris and the caustic result of infiltration of people fleeing late last century’s civil war to English-speaking nations.
The business language now has gained more tentacles as Swahili is also in apparent use at the local entrepreneurial level alongside Kinyarwanda.
Due to these divergent languages, the mastering of a single lingua franca becomes an issue, but this has not impended on the general development of the country, which has one of the highest GDP growth rates in Africa.
It is for this reason that RUMA Consult is advocating for English lessons for those who want to climb the hierarchical ladder of regional competitiveness, to prevent jobs from going to expatriates from neighboring countries.
The drill may also succor two major careers including that of Information and Communications Technology, as well as, Medicine, two vocations that have traditionally attracted qualified personnel from as a far as Kenya.
Hands–on skills, including language, will help spur the development of the Small and Medium Enterprises sector, which apparently accounts for a gargantuan 98% of the country’s registered business entities.
67% of Rwanda’s resident number is aged below 25 years.
Luckily, on the cards is the government ideal to introduce 3.2m employment positions annually up to 2020, the year of the country’s economic Vision.