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Tanzania on the spot over work permit fees

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    By ADAM IHUCHA Special Correspondent

    Posted Saturday, August 11 2012 at 15:44

    Tanzania has found itself in a tight corner over its move to raise foreign work permit fees by nearly 100 per cent, as the region's private sector seeks the East African Community's intervention.

    In a gazette notice dated August 1, Tanzania announced it will increase work permit fees for foreigners including East African citizens, testing its commitment to opening its borders in the wake of the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol, which, among others, entails free movement of labour.

    Hardest hit are those in categories A-1, A-2, and A-3, engaged in prospecting and mining, as well as large scale traders and businesses who will now part with $3,000, up from $1,600, having raised it from $1,000 last year.

    Lawyers, accountants and doctors who plan to run consultancy services in Tanzania, will pay a similar amount.

    The principal commissioner of Immigration services has directed all "foreign nationals holding residence permits of Class A," employers of foreign nationals holding Residence Permits Class "B" and missionaries, students, foreign volunteers, researchers and retired foreign nationals holding Residence Permits Class C," that with effect from August 1, they will be required to submit their Residence permits to Regional and District immigration offices for replacement."

    All regional and district immigration authorities have also been ordered to ensure that all previous permits are replaced by December 31.

    But the Arusha based East African Business Council, an apex body of the business community in the region, said the work permit fee increase will hinder the free movement of labour, calling on the EAC Council of Ministers to intervene urgently.

    "This is alarming to private sector players who have been paying work permit fees of about $1,500 since last year, and are suddenly supposed to pay twice as much," said EABC communications manager, Dona Sava.

    Ms Sava warned that: "While the EAC integration is trying to achieve a great milestone through the free movement of persons, such issues act as barriers."

    The East African Law Society chief executive officer, Tito Byenkya told The EastAfrican that they are also concerned about other EAC partner states that impose restrictions to free movement of skilled labour.

    "It seems this is just a trend across the region because it is not only Tanzania that keeps raising work permit fees; Kenya, on the other hand, has set age limits for non-citizens wishing to work in the country" said Mr Byenkya.

    According to EALS chief, all these are non-tariffs-barriers for free movement of skilled labour across the region.

    Mr Byenkya, however, emphasised that the EAC should come up with a clear policy on the issue in a bid to avoid progressive increment of work permit fee across the region, which in turn makes the EAC an expensive destination for foreign professionals.

    Rwanda and Kenya abolished work permit fees for EAC citizens in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

  2. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Why Rwanda and Kenya are tricking Tanzanian's to follow their foot-steps? they know what they will get out of

    Tanzanian's - Oh a lot of Mining Companies... and Majority prefers foreigners than locals as per agreements with

    Our Government... The Mining Companies Cannot Employ local Geologist; Mining Engineering or Mining Accountant from

    Tanzania... they must be Imported... and in real sense for that reason the country will not know the REAL SPAN LIFE

    of the MINE...

    * BUT FOR RWANDA They still require Work Permit for Our Doctors working there...
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    Safi sana....
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    The reason given by Apex is weak. Who wants free movement of labour between the labourers and the country employing them? If anything, this unveils the reason behind defending free movement of labour. This means countries supporting the idea of free movement of labour want to use Tanzania as a dumping ground if not a place to reduce the unemployment of their people which is a burden to the countries in question. In a simple parlance, the countries of East African Community but Tanzania want to shift their burden on Tanzania. This move of increasing the work permit fee is applaudable for Tanzanians who always are the victims of the so-called EAC. EAC is a loss-making enterprise for Tanzania and we need to be watchful not to end up becoming a land-grabbing opportunity for landless countries sorrounding us.
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    Mimi nadhani wasiishie kupandisha fee tu kwani kuna makampuni yatalipa tu bila shida.
    Tatizo langu ni namna ya utaratibu wa utoaji wa hizo working permits. Kuna foreigners wengi sana nchini ambao kama watendaji wa serikali wangekuwa wazalendo na kufuata misingi ya sheria na kanuni zilizopo nafasi nyingi za ajira zingekuwa mikononi mwa wazawa.
    Inatokea kwamba hata taaluma ambazo tuna wataalam wa kutosha wazawa lakini makampuni ya kigeni yanaendelea kuruhusiwa kuimport foreigners huku watanzania wakibaki wanasaga lami.
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    MTK JF-Expert Member

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    The increase is long overdue; let us set premium rates for a premium destination; it now is common knowledge that Tanzania is now playing host to mediocre professionals in all sorts of disciplines because of laxity of controls due to vices like corruption and also because anyone who wants to peddle some proffesion in tanzania can afford the fees!

    Keep the fees high so only neccessary and competent professionals will pay their way in; Tanzania sio shamba la bibi; acheni hizo!

    There is need to adopt age limits similar to Kenya, imagine does the country really need a 70 year old professional like or Tour operations and teaching!? what value can such an oldie add?!
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    I would suggest to increase by 300%
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