Govt Allows Exportation Companies To Resume Work

The minister of gender, labor and social development, Frank Tumwebaze

Govt Allows Exportation Companies To Resume Work

Government has lifted the ban on the exportation of migrant workers after an eight-month suspension in efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister of gender, labor and social development, Frank Tumwebaze said in a statement that the ban has been lifted and all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers will resume labor export following further easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The lifting of the ban comes barely two months after President Yoweri Museveni in late September directed the reopening of the international airport and land borders, which were closed when the pandemic broke out in the country in March.

The labour exporting firms under their association, Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) said they would not open until government lifted a ban on exportation of female workers to serve as maids. The companies argued that the banned services contributed 80 percent of their business.

Speaking on the matter, Tumwebaze said that the ministry’s permanent secretary will draw guidelines for the labour exporters to follow.

The newly appointed permanent secretary, Mr. Aggrey Kibenga said “the ministry will first sort out the issues of brutality and mistreatment of Ugandans who are working abroad.”