The minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Tumwebaze has announced that licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers can resume their operations following a ban in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“This is to inform all licensed companies involved in the sourcing of external employment for Ugandan migrant workers, that following the relaxing of a number of COVID lockdown measures by Ministry of Health and resumption of air travel, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will be lifting the ban on labour export by licensed companies in accordance with the existing mandatory Covid SOPs for all travellers,” Tumwebaze said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Mr Tumwebaze further said his ministry’s PS will issue a detailed statement on the matter.
Labour externalization, especially among Ugandan youth who look for jobs in the Middle East, became one of the unprecedented causalities of Covid-19 when the government instituted drastic measures to contain the outbreak in Uganda. The government closed Entebbe airport and other points so that no one leaves or enters Uganda without authorization.
Uganda would later on October 1 reopened Entebbe airport and border entry points but maintain a noose on labour externalization something that anger companies that were eagerly waiting for the country to open up air travel. They protested this move by agreeing to close their businesses until the government hears their cry. And now it looks like the government has heard them and okayed their businesses to resume.