Dodoma. The Office of the Prime Minister has instructed executives to complete the electronic system of issuing work permits to foreign nationals as soon as possible in order to overcome the challenges in issuing such permits.
The statement was made by the Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Policy, Parliament, Labor, Youth, Employment and the Disabled Jenista Mhagama while addressing the Management of her ministry and the institutions under the office.
The meeting was part of the implementation of President John Magufuli’s directives as he opened the 12th Parliament as well as the implementation of the CCM Election Manifesto for 2020 – 2025.
Mhagama said the establishment of an electronic system for dealing with work permits will help strengthen the handling of foreign permit application applications.
In addition, while swearing in the new cabinet, on December 9 this year, President Magufuli stated there are still foreigners getting work permits even for positions that can be held by Tanzanians and want the new ministers of the ministry to address that.
“The Department of Labor in accordance with the law is responsible for coordinating the employment of foreigners in the country, so given the challenges in issuing permits so the only solution for issuing permits on time is to speed up the electronic system that will process work permits,” he said.
She explained the electronic system that is being developed will be useful including increasing efficiency in processing applications for work permits and saving time to process applications for such permits.
In addition, Mhagama stressed the issue of improving labor laws to be in line with the proposed system.
“Make sure you review the labor laws by involving stakeholders who are involved in the preparation of the system to improve service delivery in processing permit applications,” she instructed.
In addition, Mhagama directed the existence of a mechanism to deal with various grievances regarding work permits issued by stakeholders.