Uganda, Jan 9 – East African country Uganda has written history with Saudi Arabia, after the two parties put to paper a General Labour Recruitment Bilateral Agreement that will conveniently allow Ugandan citizens access the job market in region. The deal comes as an exciting package for professional who will have the advantage and opportunity to seek for employment opportunities in a land of great possibilities.
The partnership deal was inked by the gender, labour and social development minister, Janat Mukwaya. The Minister signed as a representative of the government of Uganda adding that the two countries had had previous meetings and had agreed Saudi Arabia to recruit domestic workers as per the time. With a better agreement between the two states, the professions will be granted access to the job market.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was well represented by the Minister of Labour and Social Development, Ali Bin Nasser Al Ghafis. The deal as proposed by Mukwaya will give the permission for licensed local companies recruit professional and non-skilled workers to be employed in Saudi Arabia in regards to the opportunities available by the Saudi authorities. The workers include welders, doctors, nurses, carpenters and engineers as well as drivers. This will open the job market industry and better the lives of employees.
Both ends tightened their grip on workers’ rights, having already signed an agreement to keep in check their citizens while abroad. The regulations have already been set and signed to ensure there is no exploitation whatsoever and that the workers are protected. There have been cases where misconducts took place and workers were prone to ‘attacks.’ The binding laws will give no loopholes for such occasions.
Earlier, Mukwaya had visited Saudi Arabia in continuity of the previous dealings the two had in 2016 and 2017.
With the agreement, the Saudi Arabian Embassay based in Uganda’s capital will embark on the issuance of visas to facilitate the necessary processes. This is according to the Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana.
The exercise had stopped when the export of domestic workers back in January 22, 2016 had been banned in the Embassy’s response to the reports of violation of domestic workers’ rights. The aim was to prevent the migrant workers from getting into hostile working environment, safeguarding their lives.