Uganda Reviews Work Permits Fees

The Uganda government has moved to review work permit fees to facilitate the ease doing business in the country.

The Cabinet sitting on Monday directed the Chairperson National Planning Authority (NPA) to undertake a study of the cost of work permits in various countries especially for investors with a view to “putting in place changes which do not stifle investments in the country.”

Uganda has several classes of work permits for investors and business people interested in doing business in the country.

In 2015, government rolled out a new fees structure for work permits which officials say remain unattractive to investors.

For example, a non-refundable prepayment fee on application for a work permit of USD 1500 for applicants for work permits was introduced to make applicants commit themselves while applying for work permits.

And successful applicants would have to top up, while those who are unsuccessful would forfeit the fees.

Uganda continues to search for investors in floriculture, fish and fish farming industry, cotton and textile industry, building and construction industry, food and beverages, education, financial services, electronics and tourism.

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