The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened doors to skilled Ugandan job seekers beyond recruiting only domestic workers after a recent visit by Hon. Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
The Governments on the December 31, 2017 signed a new General Labour Recruitment Bilateral Agreement that for the first time allows Ugandan professionals to seek employment in the West Arabian State now paves way for Ugandan Licensed companies like Mr. Gordon Mugyenyi’s Muyenga-based Middle East Consultants to recruit professionals and non-skilled workers including Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, Drivers, Carpenters, welders and domestic workers among others.
The conformity was inked by Hon. Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development on behalf Uganda and Ali Bin Nasser Al Ghafis, Minister of Labour and Social Development on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hon. Mukwaya has been following up on the implementation of the earlier labour export commitments made by the two countries in late 2016 and January 2017.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Pius Bigirimana revealed that following the new agreements signing, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Kampala was expected to resume issuance of Visas for workers destined for the Arab State.
“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,” said Bigirimana.