According to the Gender Minister, Peace Mutuuzo Regis, the money is needed to support the department of employment to facilitate the establishment of a one-stop centre for all Government agencies involved in clearance and support of Migrant workers.
The Ministry for Gender Labour and Social Development wants 5
billion shillings annually to facilitate the exportation of labour abroad.
According to the Gender Minister, Peace Mutuuzo Regis, the money is needed to
support the department of employment to facilitate the establishment of a one-stop
centre for all Government agencies involved in clearance and support of Migrant
According to the Ministry, the centre will house agencies like
Internal and External Security Organizations, and Directorate of immigration.
Mutuuzo was on Thursday presenting a statement on the status of externalization
of labour to Parliament following growing concern of mistreatment of Ugandan
domestic workers in the Middle East Countries.
Mutuuzo says Government through the Ministry of Gender needs to be facilitated adequately
to ensure many Ugandans acquire employment abroad. She requested Parliament to
pass the funds.
The funds will also be used for finalization of the External Employment
Information Management System which is meant to facilitate expeditious
processing of licensing, vetting and clearance of migrant workers and will be
linked with the immigration system and the foreign missions.
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Mutuuzo says this will strengthen internal and external monitoring
of Ugandan migrant workers and also strengthen community mobilization against
trafficking for labour exploitation.
Mutuuzo says by signing bilateral agreements with Uganda labour export
destinations, better working conditions are being established for Ugandans.
She says for instance following the signing of one Memorandum of Understanding in
June with the United Arab Emirates,-UAE Ugandans will now formally be
recognized by the Government.
Mutuuzo says this will stop human trafficking and mistreatment of Ugandans. According
to Mutuuzo, up to 2,300 victims of human trafficking were rescued from Entebbe International
Airport between January and June 2019.
Mutuuzo also adds that as it stands, they cannot ban export of labour as it
only leads to human trafficking.
According to the Gender Ministry, there are 83,000 Ugandan workers in Saudi
Arabia, Iraq, United Arabs Emirates, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Syria,
Kuwait, Jordan among others. About 600 million dollars is remitted by
Ugandans working in those countries.