Two African countries, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have signed a memorandum of Understanding that will enable both countries to exchange educational expertise and personnel.
The parties believe that, apart from the direct benefits to their respective countries, the initiative will help boost the prospects of the continental Free trade agreement.
One of Zimbabwe’s representatives, Professor Paul Mavima said “this partnership creates an avenue for both Zimbabwe and Rwanda to play a significant role in advancing the ideals of our continent as encapsulated in the continental development frameworks given the fact that human capital development is critical to delivering on both the Agenda 2063 Vision and the aspirations of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
He added that, he is happy the “MoU has comprehensive provisions which ingrain decent work principles across the whole process of exchange of personnel and expertise, including critical issues in labour migration such as non-discrimination and portability of social security benefits.”
The professor also believes that, the MOU will enable both our countries to protect their citizens from unfair treatment from foreign labour markets. He said further that, “I have no doubt that this MoU shall indeed be a template of good practice across the continent of Africa and beyond.”
Dr. Uwamariya, the representative for Rwanda also said “the MoU will also make it possible for Rwanda to hire Zimbabwean teachers and lecturers for teaching in the college of medicine and health sciences,”
Rwanda was represented by its Education Minister, Dr Valentine Uwamariya while Zimbabwe was represented by the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima as they append signatures to this unity driven initiative.