Interpol has reduced the turnaround time for processing Certificates of Good Conduct from three weeks to five days, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has communicated to all External Labour Recruitment Agencies.
In a letter dated 11th January 2021, Aggrey D. Kibenge, the Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary informs labour recruiting companies to commence document processing for migrant workers with payment receipts for Interpol letters in lieu of the actual letters.
According to the letter, at the time of departure of the migrant workers, the External Employment Helpdesk at the airport shall not clear any migrant worker not possessing a valid Interpol letter.
“Further, we are in receipt of a communication from the Ag. Director Interpol and International Relations informing us that the turnaround time for processing Certificates of Good Conduct has been reduced from three weeks to five days and efforts are being made to completely digitize the process to include online booking. The permission to use payment receipts is therefore a temporary measure,”Kibenge’s letter reads.
Labour recruiting companies have welcomed the move, saying that this will reduce delays in deployment of Ugandans abroad for jobs.
In December 2020, the Ministry of Gender officially reopened the labour externalization sector after months of closure due to COVID-19 induced lockdown and restrictions.