22 Jun 2018

 

Government To Cut Work Permit Fee By 50% After Outcry

The Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development has said that annual work permits for foreigners working in South Sudan will be reduced by 50%.

Government To Cut Work Permit Fee By 50% After Outcry
The Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang [Photo| Charles Kay]

By Charles Kay

JUBA, 27 February 2018 [Gurtong]-
Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang during a press conference in Juba today said that the fee has been reduced following an outcry by humanitarian agencies and the public.

In March 2017, South Sudan increased work permit fees for foreign workers from 100 to 10,000 dollars, for professional/business class, blue collar jobs to 2,000 dollars and casual labourers 1,000 dollars as a measure to fight the economic crisis.

The minister said that this will allow foreign workers to work effectively in the country.

“Due to the political pressure and the economic pressure, we have presented the reduction of this work permit to fifty percent.” Honorable Gatkuoth said.  

Gatkuoth also said that under the new policy, all categories of work permit fees will be halved, adding that the changes will be effected soon as the proposal is approved by the cabinet.

"We have realized there is a lot of alarm. There is economic pressure; there is political pressure. So we are reviewing it. I have already tabled before the council of ministers the reduction of work permits by 50 percent of every category," Gatkuoth said.

South Sudan depends on oil revenue for 98 percent of its budget. However due to the civil war in the country the production of oil has significantly reduced since 2013.

 

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