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Labor export ban lifted :government

The Government has lifted restrictions on the exportation of labor 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.


Tumwebaze noted that the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aggrey David Kibenge would issue a detailed statement on the matter.
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, Labor and Social Development will be lifting the ban on labor export by licensed companies following the existing mandatory COVID SOPs for all travelers,” Tumwebaze tweeted.

Tumwebaze noted that the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aggrey David Kibenge would issue a detailed statement on the matter.

In March this year, the Government banned the exportation of labor to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Most of the companies involved were gravely affected and Baker Akantambira, the chairperson of the Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), an umbrella body that brings together all labour externalization companies in Uganda warned that the move would encourage unscrupulous individuals to start engaging in human trafficking.

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