Aid agency concerned over Juba’s work permit policy
The UN humanitarian agency in South Sudan last week expressed concerns about the raising of work permit fees for foreigners and a recent government order giving expatriates one month to obtain work permits. Ian Ridley, head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan, said the new work permit fees and other fees imposed in September will make it even more costly for aid organisations to deliver aid.
In March, South Sudan increased work permit fees for foreign workers from $100 to $1,000 for professional/business class; $2,000 for blue-collar jobs; and $1,000 for casual labourers. The Finance Ministry said at the time that the revised fees would raise vital revenue for the cash-strapped government to fund its activities.