On June 15, Italy and Tanzania signed an agreement worth €20 million, that will create new employment opportunities for young people by strengthening technical and professional education in Tanzania.
The agreement was signed by the Ambassador of Italy to Tanzania, Marco Lombardi, and by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Tanzania, Emmanuel M. Tutuba. The director of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS) in Tanzania, Paolo Razzini, and a delegation of the Italian group Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) composed of Antonella Baldino and Lisbi Carina Valdez also attended the signing ceremony.
The Embassy of Italy in Tanzania, the CDP Group, the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Tanzania, and AICS will support Tanzanian high schools in developing new training programs. The project aims to create new employment opportunities for young people in the local labor market while promoting technological innovation in the country.
The Italian Development Cooperation Agency has already financed some programs aimed at improving the quality of teaching in scientific and technological education in Tanzania. These programs have always focused on promoting women’s access to scientific education. The latest initiative is, therefore, part of a wider set of investments, and it focuses on effectively fighting youth unemployment.
The program will benefit young people between 15 and 25 years old, who will be able to access better training and career guidance, but also entrepreneurs and young innovators, who will benefit from new dedicated services, and high school teachers.
The program includes the creation of four Centers for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Transfer, including incubators for start-ups and laboratories for innovation; the creation of new training programs at the Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (Dit) in the fields of energy, civil engineering, tourism, and agriculture; the creation of a center of excellence in leather processing technologies; the creation of new curricula in technologies for the exploitation of renewable energy sources and technologies for the protection and conservation of the environment.
The project is focused on key sectors of Italy’s economy, such as professional training, protection of the artistic-cultural heritage, technologies for renewable energy, and the conservation of agricultural products. These are all areas in which Italian enterprises and institutions have developed high-level expertise, an added value in the creation of strategic partnerships between the two countries.