Ugandans traveling to work to the Middle East will no longer have to incur air travel expenses, passport and transport fees within Uganda, the ministry of gender has said.
Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development says the waiver in fees will only be applicable for Middle East countries that Uganda has signed bilateral agreements with.
Currently, Uganda has signed agreements with only Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Uganda is yet to sign agreements of the same nature with Qatar next month, followed by the United Arab Emirates in the near future.
According to the ministry, only 63 companies are licensed in Uganda to export labour to countries around the world.
According to Middle East Consultants, a company that exports labour from Uganda to Qatar and Bahrain, apparently Ugandans who want to go and work abroad have to part with at least two million shillings to cater for registration, medical checkups, passport processing fees, and air travel.