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Youth MPs to Table Labour Export Fund Bill Next Year

By our reporter.

Youth members of Parliament MPs,  plan to table Labour export fund Bill on the floor of Parliament next year, to push government to  pay for  the youth seeking for  jobs abroad , through partnership of labor export companies and government.

This was disclosed by youth member of Parliament for Western region, Mwine Mpaka during the launch of Uganda Parliamentary forum on youth affairs   strategic plan for 2018-2022 at Parliament.

Mpaka  said that once Bill becomes a law, it will push both government and the labour companies to pay for youth going for external labour and refund the money later through salary deduction as a way of fighting unemployment.

The forum however wants government to institute labour export regulations and trafficking to improve the working conditions of youth in diaspora.

It’s estimated that about 50,000 Ugandans have been deployed to 11 different countries especially in the Middle East, through 63 licensed companies under the externalization of labour Programme, under the ministry of gender labour and social development.

However the sector is still marred by several illegal labour export companies, Uganda has not signed bi-lateral agreements with several countries where Uganda exports labour such as Qatar, Kuwait among others, apart from Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Mpaka also added that as youth MPs they plan to introduce the youth development bank Bill which is ready to be tabled on the floor of parliament with an agenda to incorporate all the scattered funds targeting the youth through which they can be channeled and also serve as security for external funding.

He appreciated government and MoGLSD for YLPas to have been the most successful program as far as youth are concerned, but pointed out that it has several challenges that need to be reviewed.

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