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Premier Recruitment Sends More Housemaids To Saudi Arabia

Premier Recruitment Limited Monday announced it was sending another batch of six ladies ready to leave for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to work as housemaids for two years. This is the third group the agency is sending to Jeddah.

On 3rd March, five other ladies jetted off to Jeddah & Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, still to work as housemaids under a two year contract. The first lot, of eight ladies, left the on 19th February, 2019.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the CEO Premier Recruitment, said the Uganda labour externalisation industry is a vital source of livelihood for both the employees and their families and a major pillar of the economy that ought to be protected by all the stakeholders and bad apples weeded out

“Uganda has a competitive advantage over a number of African countries because of our good English that we need to leverage just like our neighbours in Kenya. According to the World Bank and IMF Balance of Payments as well as Bank of Uganda data, personal remittances to Uganda have grown by 174.6% from $451.6 million (UGX1.66 trillion) in 2007 to $1.24billion (UGX4.5 trillion) in 2017, but our neighbours, Kenya raked in $1.962 billion (UGX7.2 trillion) in 2017 and $2.5 billion (UGX9.2 trillion) in 2018,” noted Rajiv.

Adding: “Diaspora remittances to Uganda are equivalent to 30% of Uganda’s traditional export earnings- $3.4bn (UGX12.5 trillion) in 2017 and $3.6bn (UGX13.2 trillion) in 2018 and almost 3 times bigger than coffee export receipts- $555.4m (UGX2 trillion) in 2017 and $436.4m (UGX1.6 trillion) in 2018. Protecting and harnessing more value from this vital sector should be the responsibility of everyone.”

According to the Uganda Association for External Recruitment Agencies, there are 140,000 skilled and semi-skilled Ugandans working in the Middle East as blue-collar professionals as well as technicians, security personnel, porters, drivers, cleaners, housekeepers, catering and hospitality personnel. Domestic workers only account for about 30%.

Premier Recruitment has committed its resources to help decrease the high level of Ugandan unemployment by providing opportunities for Ugandans here in Uganda and abroad, Kanak Shah, the Premier Recruitment Ltd, General Manager said. “We are committed to providing a superior level of customer service, compliance, integrity and honesty to both our clients and recruits and those already deployed to the field,” he said, reiterating that the company’s commitment to provide “gainful and dignified employment opportunities” to Ugandans here and abroad.

Premier Recruitment, a Ruparelia Group subsidiary, in November last year entered into the labor export industry and is now helping Ugandans get good jobs in the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. To effectively do this kind of job, the agency started training girls and equiping them with the necessasry domestic management skills.

Premier Recruitment Sends 45 To Work In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Forty five females have this week left the country to start working in Saudi Arabia city of Jeddah courtesy of labour recruiting agency, Premier Recruitment, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group.

“This is our first departure and is the first of many, many more to come. We are very proud of this moment and wish all 8 ladies the best of luck in this new chapter of their lives,” Premier Recruitment said in a statement.

In November last year, Rajiv Ruparelia, managing director of Ruparelia Group, announced that Premier Recruitment had entered into the labor export industry and will be helping Ugandans get good jobs in the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

“We have finalized all the requirements to export labor from Uganda. We have also secured ourselves a license from the ministry of labor and social development which is number 52,” Rajiv said in November, adding that they were targeting getting 1300 housemaid jobs.

He said that the company will be running on the principles of transparency and professionalism. “We shall remain strict and stick to the rules and guiding principles of our contract. Like we have always been doing in other Ruparelia Group establishments, you will get total confidence in us.

“We shall not only be sending workers abroad but we shall also arrange and open up liaison offices in the host export countries to cater for all our migrant workers”, Rajiv added.

Premier Recruitment helps their beneficiaries to get passport, visas and airticket. The forty five girls have undergoing intense training to prepare them perform their duties in a professional manner.

Improving Logistics Will Improve Uganda’s Economy - Minister

Improving the logistics system will enable Uganda improve access to new market opportunities, according to Eng. Monica Azuba, minister for works, transport and communication. Improved logistics are key at a time when Uganda is boosting exploration and production of oil, gas and minerals

“Inefficient logistics can place obstacles to trade. It makes it difficult for countries to tap into new markets,” Eng. Azuba said. She was opening the two day Global Logistics Convention and Exhibition at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel recently.

The convention is attended by over 500 delegates from different parts of the world. It is organized by the Uganda Freight Forwarders Association, the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA), the National Logistics Platform and the Ministry of Works and Transport. The aim of the convention is share best practices in trade and policy, changing trends in the industry facilitate engagement among various stakeholders.

The minister commended Uganda improving its ranking from the 83th position to the 55th position last year in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI). She explained that the ranking was because Uganda.

The LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance.

The minister explained that Uganda’s ranking has improved because of improvement in customs clearance procedures, improvement in infrastructure. “The improvement was by 25% in the LPI. We hope can do better,” she remarked. Other countries in the region performed better than Uganda in the LPI.

She said Uganda has introduced the one stop border posts to quicken movement of goods. She noted that the number for days for trucking cargo from Mombasa has reduced from 18 days to 3 days. She said government was investing more in improving roads, rail, air transport.

She cited that the use of rail transport can cut the costs of goods by 30% and it can enhance Uganda’s competitiveness.

During the convention the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association’s e-learning Platform was launched.

USAID Uganda Mission Director Mr. Joakim Parker said the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, started working with the Federation in June 2017 with the common goal of strengthening the regional freight logistics industry.  He said the partnership has built the capacity of customs clearing and freight forwarding agents to effectively apply the revised EAC Rules of Origin.

“The new e-learning platform will allow us to reach even more customs clearing agents, freight forwarders and shippers – the industry specialists who are on the ground, helping to improve East African Community integration and trade.  The platform will lead to a reduction in non-compliant custom declarations and Non-Tariff Barriers, and in doing so will reduce the time and cost to move cargo across borders,” Mr. Joakim said.

Mr. Hussein Kiddedde, the chairman Uganda Freight Forwarders Association said logistics is a key driver for economic growth and productivity. He said new technologies were merging in the industry that needs to be adopted by the private sector. “There are many opportunities in the region such as oil and gas, Standard Gauge Railway, infrastructure development that need the services of logistics. We need to be ready for them,” Mr. Kiddedde said.

Mr. Dickson Kateshumba, commissioner customs Uganda Revenue Authority urged players in the logistics industry to avoid delays because it becomes a cost to the consumers. Mr. Kateshumba said sometimes the cause of delay in transporting goods were drivers who make unnecessary stops. “The driver has to be sensitized on trade facilitation,” Mr. Kateshumba said.

Mr. Patrick Bitature, chairman Private Sector Foundation in a key note address explained that the logistics sector was about managing the supply chain. “People who produce cement or steel need to import raw materials efficiently using logistics,” Mr. Bitature said.

Mr. Bitature urged the private sector players in the industry to work in synergy and not try to destroy each other. “We have to put aside our differences in the private sector, in the public sector and in the region and work together,” Bitature said.

Real Estate Body Recognizes Outstanding Rajiv Ruparelia

The Association of Real Estate Agents Uganda (AREA) named Rajiv Ruparelia as its outstanding member. The recognition was bestowed on Rajiv by Kongai Shirley, the AREA President during the award giving ceremony in Kampala recently.

As director of Meera Investment, a real estate development arm of the Ruparelia Groupd, and Crane Management Limited, a property management agency, Rajiv has overseen the development of a number of multibillion real estate investment in and outside Kampala. And for this effort and what he contributes to AREA, he was named AREA Member of the Year 2018 ‘for being an outstanding member’. 

The Association of Real Estate Agents Uganda, is an umbrella organization of real estate agents, managers, organizations and other real estate professionals in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. The association brings together individuals and companies working in the real estate industry.

The Association has become the lobby arm of real estate on behalf of its members including, lobbying on tax issues in parliament, good regulatory environment with Ministry of Housing Lands and Urban development and making presentations on housing forums representing the real estate industry.

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