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New deal allows Ugandan Workers back to Saudi Arabia

The Uganda government has signed another labour agreement with Saudi Arabia, which for the first time allows Ugandan professionals to seek employment in the Arabian Gulf state.

A statement released by the ministry of gender, labour and social development this week said the agreement was signed on December 31, 2017.

Gender and Labour minister Janat Mukwaya, who was on official visit to that country between December 26 and New Year’s Day, signed on Uganda’s behalf while Ali Bin Nasser Al Ghafis signed for Saudi Arabia.  

Gender and Labour minister Janat Mukwaya

She had travelled to follow up on earlier labour export commitments made by the two countries over the last two years. Ugandan licensed companies can now recruit both professionals and unskilled workers for export.

“We also signed off the amended Labour Agreement on Domestic Workers earlier signed in 2015 to specifically streamline the operations of the labour externalisation sector with focus on fighting against trafficking and violation of workers’ rights,” the statement quotes Mukwaya.

“Both countries agreed to step up their labour management and regulation mandates to weed out exploiters and ensure protection of the workers’ rights.”

Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana revealed that following the new agreements signing, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Kampala was expected to resume issuing visas for workers.

“The embassy stopped issuing labour export visas when we imposed a ban on export of domestic workers on January 22, 2016 in response to reports of violation of their rights. The purpose of the ban was to stop migrant workers from getting into hostile domestic working conditions,” Bigirimana said.

“We then worked with the Saudi Arabian government and put in place measures to promote safe labour migration and rights of migrant workers. Upon satisfaction, we announced lifting of the ban on April 1, 2017 but the embassy has not been issuing visas for migrant workers. After the new agreements signing, the Saud Arabia government directed that their embassy in Uganda immediately starts issuing visas and we are optimistic this will be affected,” Bigirimana said.



+4 #1 Zaitun 2018-01-10 10:17
What is this silly agreement our NRM pigs sign to take us back to slave trade period?

Have they not seen enough of what is taking place in their beloved Gadhafi's Libya, in those stone age Arab countries?

All that you are clamoring for is nothing but money, always money. Why have you destroyed our industrial infrastructures that were already put in place to advance development?

You should first send your daughters- but not daughters and sons of other Ugandans- to those bloody, racist countries and see them sexually abused before you come to understand who these Arabs are.

Those innocent Ugandan boys and girls who are ready to go there should not come home crying that they had been sold!
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+3 #2 Phalanch 2018-01-10 12:03
New name for modern day slavery , that's what ''new deal'' stand for .
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0 #3 nicholas 2018-01-10 15:07
Bad idea,
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+3 #4 Akot 2018-01-10 19:29
So, while Ugandans are exported to Saudi Arabia, will Rwandese replace them so that Ugandan has the right educated/trained people to develop Uganda?
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+1 #5 gwok 2018-01-11 01:59
Quoting Phalanch:
New name for modern day slavery , that's what ''new deal'' stand for .

A new deal in deed: The aging batch of sex-workers that we exported a few years ago need to be replenished.

[I am talking about what I saw with my own eyes abroad - Ugandan female nurses officially sent (some say sold) abroad into prostitution].
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0 #6 haruna nyanzi 2018-01-12 08:19
instead of the silly deal being pass by her she would have used it to see to it that all Ugandans in Israel are back home well that waiting our time sending our pipo to the whites
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0 #7 The fake queen 2018-01-13 01:24
they do not know de way
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