Kenyans will now be able to work in top Chinese firms following a commitment by 38 leading companies in the Asian country to offer employment opportunities to Kenyan youth.
The companies committed during YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2023 held in Nairobi which ended on December 10.
Placement will be made in different fields including Information Communication and Technology, Trade, and Construction.
In the new deal, over 500 youth will be absorbed through the program conducted under the Kenya China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA).
Kenyans queue for job opportunities in Nairobi.
KCETA was created in 2001 with 51 Chinese-invested enterprises in Kenya, and over the years it has grown to 102 members.
One of the leading phone manufacturers in the world stated that the agreement to employ Kenyan youth stemmed from a belief in President William Ruto’s digital transformation programmes.
As such, the multinational remarked that it was committed to helping the country meet its job creation targets.
“As part of our programme to support talent growth and economic development, we have co-organized the 2023 edition of the annual Job Fair with the KCETA to offer young Kenyans more than 500 placement opportunities,” the CEO of one of the companies stated.
Kenyans who will be absorbed in the programme will benefit from upskilling in digital technology and ICT competency.
President William Ruto’s administration has identified exporting skilled labour as one of the ways to boost the nation economically through diaspora remittances.
Kenya had in the past majorly exported unskilled labour to Middle Eastern countries.
The Kenya Kwanza administration has already entered into bilateral labour agreements with Germany, Kuwait and other countries to export skilled and semi-skilled labour.
President William Ruto during a graduation