KAMPALA: In a bid to increase efficiency in work permit processing and enhance the employment monitoring system, the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) unveiled the E-Work Permit Recommendations System (EWPRS).
This system comes at an opportune moment with the sector registering over 1,500 expatriates and 12,000 locals from 2017 to 2023. The E-Work permit targeting expatriates will ease the work permit application process and ease employment monitoring to enable knowledge transfer from expatriates to locals.
Excited to embark on this digital trend, PAU Board Chairperson, Jane Nambakire Mulemwa said, “As a regulator in the oil and gas sector, PAU has to keep up with the trend since it’s the dot-com era”
“The new E-Work Permit Recommendations System is good and it will not only expedite the approval of work permits but will also enhance transparency and attract expatriates. This, in turn, will contribute to the crucial transfer of knowledge to our local actors in the sector,” she added.
Peninah Aheebwa, Director of Economics and National Content Monitoring at PAU, expressed the dire need to revamp recommendations and the work permit processing system with the many expatriates enrolling in the sector.
“The work permit process has been seven days but if we embrace the new system, we can bring it to three working days,” she stated.
Lindah Nalubanga, Senior National Content Officer, at PAU, also noted, “The E-Work Permit Recommendation System will improve on the retrieval of work permit records”.
“It will also create synergies with other government institutions to make informed decisions and enable self-accounting,” she added.
With a full transition from the traditional manual system to the E-Work system expected in March 2024, Nalubanga encouraged all stakeholders to embrace the system and play their roles.
As the oil and gas sector makes a move to fully transition to the newly launched E-Work system strict adherence to the submission of required documents is paramount to ease the application process and increase efficiency which will in turn attract investors and expatriates to the sector.
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