The Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development has permitted external labour recruitment agencies to start document processing for migrant workers with payment receipts for Interpol letters in lieu of the actual letters.
The ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is only issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) through Interpol. It is one of the required documents presented at the airport by the individuals seeking to work abroad.
In a letter to labour exporting companies, the acting permanent secretary to the Labour ministry, A.D. Kibenge warned that; “At the time of departure of migrant workers, the external employment desk at the airport shall not clear any migrant worker who is not in possession of valid Interpol letter.”
Currently, the time frame for processing of certificates of good conduct has been reduced from three weeks to five days and efforts are being made to completely digitalize the process to include online bookings.
The digitalization is peddled at among others curbing forgery of certificates which causes trouble to recipients who at the end of the day are intercepted while trying to board planes. The certificate of good conduct is required by foreign governments before they can allow an alien to work in their countries.