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National Monitoring Committees on NTBs
Lengthy procedures for issuing of work permits vary among EAC Partner States
Posted on : 01 - Aug - 2012 - Viewed : 26 times

Affected countries : All EAC Partner States

NTB source & Ministry/Department/ Agency for action : Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya Immigration departments

Impact to businesses : Lost business time while waiting for processing of work permits. As per BCI 2008 business take between 1-5 months to acquire work permits for workers sourced from another EAC country.

Immediate Businesses are forced to employ locals who may lack required skills.

Prioritized Action : Political goodwill to facilitate cross-border movement of people while waiting for finalization of relevant Protocol.

Bottlenecks Political resistance on need to safeguard national security.

Success Factor Political goodwill to accept EAC as a single market area

Status / Recommendations : The procedure for issuing work permit has been simplified in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda.
Tanzania is in the process of revising issuance of work permit to abide with Common Market Protocol.
EAC Secretariat to facilitate harmonization of classification of work/resident permits, fees, forms and procedures.

Time-frame : December 2012