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External Recruitment Companies Finally Given A Green Light To Start Operating

The Minister of Gender , Labour and Social Services, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has announced the lifting of the ban on external recruitment in Uganda. This comes after the Ministry of Health eased more Covid-19 measures to accommodate up to 200 people in a group.

The government suspended external recruitment in March as a measure to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. There are over 150 licensed external recruitment companies in Uganda. These companies are registered to recruit and export Ugandan workers to foreign countries.

Externalization of Labour was, until the spread of Covid-19 across the globe, one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda. It was providing employment opportunities to thousands of Ugandans across the Middle East and other parts of the world.

The green light

In a tweet earlier today, the minister announced the lifting of the ban.

He said all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers can now start operating. This comes following the relaxing of a number of COVID-19 lock down measures by the Ministry of Health & resumption of air travel.

He also added that the Ministry of Gender will lift the ban on labour export by licensed companies in accordance with the existing mandatory SOPs for all travelers.

He further said the permanent secretary ministry of gender, labour and social development will issue a detailed statement on his announcement later.

External recruitment for so long provides Ugandans with job opportunities that they cannot get easily within the country. Currently, these agencies employ over 65000 Ugandans in the middle east countries.

These countries include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iraq among others. These workers include semi-skilled, unskilled/casual and skilled or professional labour.

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