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Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya: No more work permits necessary

Published on June 16, 2015

Good news came in over the weekend that Uganda has finally signed on to the lifting of work permit requirements for citizens of Rwanda and Kenya, which had between them already gone ahead in 2013 to abolish these requirements and implement the East African Community’s protocol on the freedom of movement of labor. The deal was signed on occasion of the recent summit held in Kampala of the three countries now best described as the "Coalition of the Willing" among the East African Community’s five member states.

Increasingly over the past years have qualified staff from East Africa been recruited into managerial positions and a number of professionals like accountants, lawyers and doctors too have benefitted from the mutual recognition of qualifications, allowing them to practice their vocation in any of the three states, subject to registration with the respective professional bodies.

The move is expected to help the three countries in recruiting competent skilled labour, which in the past was often sourced from international markets, but the cost advantage in Uganda will be a major one for employers who have to pay up to 2.500 US Dollars in annual work permit fees for citizens from third countries. Read more. Source | ETN News