No plans to kick out experts, says Minister

The Minister for Home Affairs Mr. Charles Kitwanga.

THE government does not intend to expel foreigners working in the country but is focused to realign the employment regulatory framework in implementing legislation on employment.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Charles Kitwanga, told business leaders in Dar es Salaam at the weekend that the government was committed to support development of the private sector as the engine of growth and would not come up with contrasting laws, policies and regulations.

"I want to assure this forum that the government does not, will not and will never in any way intend to put in place policies, laws and regulations that constrain the much desired private tor development," he said at a CEOs Roundtable discussion on the implementation of the Non-Citizen (Employment) Act of 2015.

The minister said the government was welcoming dialogue to iron out misunderstandings and address specific concerns that had arisen in the course of implementing the new legislation.

"That is where the need for dialogue between the government and the private sector as partners in development comes in".

"We are the shoe makers and you are the wearer of the shoes. We will always provide room for you to tell us where the shoe exactly pinches," he said.

The Deputy Minister, Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment ,Youth and Disabled), Anthony Mavunde, told reporters earlier that the government had no intention expelling foreign experts working in the country but it wanted to regulate and realign the legal regime for employment and engagement of non-Citizens in Tanzania Mainland.

He said it was unfortunate there have been some confusions in the course of implementing the new law and unfounded reports that the government was bent to expel foreign experts.

"Our insistence is compliance to the law, policies and regulations that have been put in place to promote growth and development," he said.

The Chairman of the CEO roundtable, Mr. Ali Mufuruki had told reporters that there have been incidents that have raised doubts on the government commitment on the private sector.

He said while they recognised the good intentions in the enactment of the new law, its implementation had resulted in a number of challenges for the private sector.

He said some of the business entities have been affected in the implementation of the law with workers forced to leave the country and others failing to return after they went for Christmas leave.

The CEOs roundtable had invited the minister in their discussion to provide an opportunity for business leaders to highlight existing challenges in the implementation of the act.

Tanzania enacted the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act last year, which, is aimed at regulating the employment of non-citizens in the country

The main objectives of the new legislation include streamlining the process for application and issuance of work permits and putting in place a 'good base' for implementing regional labor agreements

The new law has a provision for a succession plan that requires an employer who hires or engages a non-citizen to make plans for a Tanzanian worker to eventually take over the position.

It requires employers to prepare what it calls a 'succession plan,' including "a well- articulated plan for succession of the non-citizen's knowledge or expertise to the citizens during his tenure of employment".

Source: Daily News