The workshop was conducted by Simon Vaut, a policy adviser for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany. It was targeted at young professionals from diverse backgrounds such as Civil Society Organizations, political institutions and media representative.
The participants learned about several economic and development theories, the opportunities of digitalization and improved their presentation and negotiation skills through active group work.
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the oldest and one of the biggest German political foundations, has kicked off operations in Rwanda with a core mission of training young professionals in the country.
FES gets its name from Friedrich Ebert, who was the first democratically elected President of Germany. The Foundation works across the world with 18 offices in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Oliver Dalichau, FES Rwanda's country director, the Foundation established its office in Kigali on the invitation of the Rwandan government.
"The goal is support our Rwandan partners in the fields of social protection and good governance," he said.
He highlighted that the global President of FES, Kurt Beck, who is also the former President-Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, signed a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda last year, marking the beginning of the Foundation's process to enter Rwanda.
Just this week, the Foundation organized a workshop in Kigali that focused on 'social-economic growth and digitalization' and brought together young professionals from different fields.
The workshop was graced by renowned German physicist Edward Krubasik, who is also among the top executives of Siemens and McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm.
This workshop is part of a series of trainings that Dalichau says the organization will be conducting targeting young professionals from different industries in Rwanda.
“With civil society organizations, trade union, universities and other think tanks, we are looking forward to organizing more trainings, international exchange and supporting research,” he noted.