Uganda will on Wednesday, November 18, start the inspection of all labour exporting companies, to check the level of compliance with COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
According to a letter dated November 16, 2020, from the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Aggrey Kibenge to the Executive Director of the External Recruitment Agencies, he says, “The inspection will start on Wednesday.”
His communication follows that of the Minister of Gender, about the impending re-opening of externalization of labour.
Effective March 18, 2020, externalisation of labour was suspended to countries like United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Somalia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Iraq, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Labor export has been one of the booming businesses in Uganda with hundreds of thousands of Ugandans currently working abroad in countries like United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, however, with the temporary halt on externalization of labor.
Earlier this month, the Government lifted restrictions on the exportation of labour giving relief to companies to start sending Ugandans to work in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Somalia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Iraq
Gender, Labor, and Social Development Minister Frank Tumwebaze, Tuesday, November 10, 2020, announced the Ministry’s decision noting that they would issue further guidelines.
“This is to inform all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers, that following the relaxing of several COVID-19 lockdown measures by Ministry of Health and resumption of air travel, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will be lifting the ban on labour export by licensed companies following the existing mandatory COVID SOPs for all travellers,” Tumwebaze tweeted.
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