Rwanda adopts Revised National Employment Policy

The Government of Rwanda adopted a Revised National Employment Policy and its Implementation Plan on 7 June 2019. The Policy was developed through the coordination of the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) in consultation with other key government institutions, social partners, and other stakeholders under the employment sector-working group. The revised employment policy replaces the Rwanda Employment Policy adopted in 2007.

The Revised National Employment Policy (2017-2024), which was developed in consultation with social partners Private Sector Federation and CESTRAR, and other stakeholders, passed through the tripartite body – National Labour Council – following validation at the technical level. It contains references to specific policy areas and an Implementation Plan with budgeted activities on gender equality. Furthermore, the Policy will guide efforts towards the targets established in the medium term plan, called the National Transformation Strategy 1, which has the objective of creating 1.5 million decent and productive jobs by 2022.

ILO provided technical support throughout the drafting and validation process, as well as background studies on employment impact assessment, capacity building on employment mainstreaming and the national employment policy (NEP) cycle.