Information Session launched in Erbil

UNDP, the Governorate of Erbil and Rwanga Foundation started a series of 10 information sessions for companies on how to apply under the Job Creation grant scheme, on 27 October 2019.
To engage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are interested in contributing to improving employability and generating jobs mainly for youth and women, five information sessions will be held in Erbil, 2 in Duhok and 3 Sulaimaniyah.

The first 3 information sessions held in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniyah were attended by 127 companies. Highly interactive, the sessions were designed to inform businesses about the scheme, application process and requirements.

The Governor of Erbil, Dr. Firsat Sofi, said:” As the government and the Governorate, we are really pleased with the rode that Rwanga Foundation and its partners have chosen to do a project where a lot of youths will be able find job opportunities. To help meet this ambition that youths should be working, we give our full support for the continuity and success of this project”.

UNDP Head of Erbil Office, Ms. Isabela Uribe, said: “Supporting vulnerable communities in the Kurdistan Region is our top priority under Headway programme. The initiative is contributing to the increase of the number of jobs for these communities and helping SMEs to grow and boost the economic growth in the region. In this way, we believe resilience and self-reliance of the population in need, specifically youth and women might be built, while the private sector is involved in reducing the burden on sub-national authorities.”

Director of Programs at Rwanga Foundation, Mr. Dastan Qadir, added: ‘’We hope that businesses will eagerly take part in this grant scheme, as they will contribute to generating jobs, mainly for youth and women, and growing the economy.’’

The application deadline is December 10th, 2019 for all SMEs which are meeting the requirements.

Interested companies shall submit their application electronically through [email protected] for more information and inquires please dial: 0750 253 0222.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:

Be a company that is duly established and registered in accordance with respective KRI legislations

Be a small and medium size enterprise (SME) with up to 500 employees

Be a large company with above 500 employees (eligible only for apprenticeship/internship)

Be registered and acting in the territories of the Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaimaniyah (including Halabja) Governorates

Be registered at least 3 years prior to the deadline of the Call for Proposals, i.e. before 1 July 2016

Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, not acting as an intermediary

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