Employment for Ugandan's Abroad

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THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA              Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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                    PRESS RELEASE
The mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to “Promote and Protect Uganda’s interest Abroad”. Among other items within the mandate is to charge our embassies to source for employment for Ugandans abroad, to allow for employment, the transfer of skills, technology and foreign exchange earnings, amongst other benefits.
In this regard, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are undertaking the exercise of recruitment for employment of medical workers from Uganda as part of the existing bilateral arrangement under the South – South cooperation and within the context of the G7 and the United Nations, also known as the Technical Cooperation for Developing Countries (TCDC).
The objective of this arrangement is to establish a framework for the development of scientific, technical and economic cooperation. Therefore, both countries undertake to “Increase the exchange of knowledge, information, experiences and achievements in the priority fields of cooperation”.
As a result, the Republic of Uganda is in the process of recruiting for employment 263 health professionals to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The MOU between the two governments allows for 2 year contracts, subsequently allowing more Ugandans to take advantage of the opportunities.
Available data indicates that there were 59,000 registered health professionals in the country for all categories by end of 2014. In total, there were 57,050 approved vacant posts in government structure, of which 35,903 were filled, leaving 21,152 posts (UBOS Statistical Abstract 2014). The reason for not filling these vacancies varied including; budgetary constraints.
From the above figures, it implies that 63% of the health professionals are employed in the public sector, while 37% is either employed in the private sector, unemployed or left the country for greener pastures. Therefore, the absorptive capacity of the public service is limited, and this is the gap that the framework is trying to bridge.
Further, the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council records 2014 indicate that, in the last 10 years, over 55 health training institutions have opened across the country. These are Government, faith based and the Private Sector institutions. This implies that graduate output levels of health workers has steadily increased, leading to high numbers of health workers in the job market, which cannot be solely absorbed by government and the private sector.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3 March 2015