Japan has signed a two-year agreeement to equip about 3,000 young people in the Bouaké region of Côte d’Ivoire with useful skills in the areas of construction, manufacturing and other service-oriented sectors.
The total cost of the project is USD3.5 million, which will be administered by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
UNIDO will rebuild a center that will offer training in fabrication, welding, vehicle mechanics, woodwork, plumbing, building construction, electrical issues, tailoring, health care and food nutrition.
“Young people, including demobilized combatants, will benefit from a series of training courses. They will get new skills in the productive sectors, and develop entrepreneurial abilities to set up their own micro-enterprises and income-generating activities,” said Yoshiteru Uramoto, UNIDO’s deputy to the director-general.