THE Uganda Veterans Development Ltd, a local labour export company and AM Koheeji, a Saudi firm, have signed a deal for 500 Ugandans to work in Saudi Arabia.
Rtd. Col. Chris Mudoola, the UVDL chairman, said the deal was a sign of confidence in local professionals and improved business relations between the two countries.
â€œThe agreement gives us a contractual obligation to get credible Ugandan workers for AM Koheeji. The 500 employees will be in addition to the 780 workers we have exported since 2006,â€ he said after the signing ceremony at the company office in Muyenga. The firm will recruit hoteliers, security guards, professional accountants, architects, electricians and welders.
Ali Radhi Maki, an executive with AM Koheeji, said employees will work under a three-year renewable contract, earning between $700 (about 1.8m) and $1,700, including medical care, insurance, overtime fees, accommodation and feeding.
Gordon Mugyenyi, the UVDL business development manager, said they were also running another contract to export 121 hoteliers to work with Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Successful candidates will depart in September, Mugyenyi said.
â€œWe are confident that if labour export firms are offered the necessary support, Ugandaâ€™s export revenue will grow out of the,â€ he said.
Remittances by Ugandans working abroad hit $914m (about sh2.102 trillion) in 2010, up from $778m in 2009.
Veterans group secures labour export contract in Saudi Arabia