Aid agency con­cerned over Juba’s work per­mit pol­icy

The East African - - BUSINESS -

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.

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