The Government through the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development has assured all Ugandans working and would like to work in the United Arab Emirates to follow the right channels following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Uganda and United Arab Emirates on manpower and domestic work protocol.
The memorandum will be followed by setting up of a joint committee to follow up on the safety and activities of all migrant workers between Uganda and United Arab Emirates and will also help address concerns that could arise from either state.
The committee will also make periodic reviews on the performance and behaviors of Ugandans working in Dubai and recommend necessary measures that would ensure their smooth stay while working.
Hundreds of Ugandans working in Arab states are reported to be undergoing several rights abuses which have sometimes caused death with reports mainly coming from Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The Memorandum of Understanding was between the Minister of Gender Labour and Social Development Janat Mukwaya who signed on behalf of the Government of Uganda while Nasser Bin Tami Al Hamir, the Minister of Human Resources signed on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
Mukwaya says United Arab Emirates hosts over forty thousand Ugandans officially working there and are sending home 1.2 billion dollars in foreign currency.
The Memorandum also allows the United Arab Emirates and Uganda to notify either country on available job opportunities for citizens of both countries.
Nasser Bin Tami says Ugandans working in Dubai are disciplined and is inviting more people to take advantage of the available jobs in Dubai and contribute to the growth of both countries.