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No need for work permits in East Africa

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th June 2010 03:00 AM

THREE weeks from now, East Africans will not be required to possess work permits in order to work in any country in the region, Ugandan MPs in the East African Parliament have disclosed.

THREE weeks from now, East Africans will not be required to possess work permits in order to work in any country in the region, Ugandan MPs in the East African Parliament have disclosed.

By Mary Karugaba
and Madinah Tebajjukira

THREE weeks from now, East Africans will not be required to possess work permits in order to work in any country in the region, Ugandan MPs in the East African Parliament have disclosed.

The region consists of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and new entrants Rwanda and Burundi.

According to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MPs, the move follows the coming into effect of the Common Market protocol on July 1.

The protocol was signed by the heads of state in November.

The East Africa Community’s move to create a single East African market is aimed at easing travel restrictions, harmonising tariffs and increasing co-operation among security forces within the region.

It also aims at improving communications, sharing electricity and addressing Lake Victoria issues.

The common market is part of the several stages of the East African integration. Some of the stages include the customs union, a common East African passport and a common flag.

The legislators were addressing journalists at Parliament yesterday on the recently passed EALA budget.

They noted that if implemented, free movement of labour will partly solve the problem of unemployment, which is common among the youth.

According to the legislators, heads of member states are scheduled to meet and discuss the matter soon.

EALA’s budget has risen from $54m last financial year to $59m this financial year.

No need for work permits in East Africa

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