Govt finalises electronic issuing of work permits

23Jul 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt finalises electronic issuing of work permits

AN integrated electronic system for application and issuance of work permits is set for launch next month and billed to attract more investors in the country.

Labour Commissioner Brig. Gen. Francis Mbindi said at an awareness meeting with members of the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI that the e-system enables applicants to lodge documents from anywhere in the world.

It has thus reduced the number of days spent in seeking a work permit, from 14 to only one day, he explained, noting that the system is based at the Labour Commission in the Prime Minister’s Office while being linked to BRELA (the Business Registration and Licensing Agency), TRA (the Tanzania Revenue Authority) and the Immigration Department,.

He said the new system will replace manual applications where one was required to deliver to the commissioner’s offices in Dodoma. The launch of the system is part of reforms to facilitate foreign investments, which goes together with amending the Labour Act of 2015.

“The new system will reduce costs and time, vested with an easy top carry smart card with details of the holder instead of a whole file as it used to be,” he state, noting that this was part of new policies to address structural and legal challenges impeding trade and private sector growth.

CTI first vice chairman Hussein Sufian said the new law will go a long way into facilitating investments as currently the law does now allow expatriate workers but manufacturers often need them. The reforms will go a long way into promoting investment, he emphasised.

The government has embarked on streamlining rules and procedures aimed at simplifying the issuance of work permits to expatriates to ease operations in business and investment.

The changes are an aspect of initiatives towards full implementation of the Tanzania Business Blueprint drawn up during the fifth phase government, which proposes to improve the business environment by reducing regulatory burdens and risks faced by businesses in complying with regulations.

Current reforms seek to cut down compliance costs and in turn increase productivity, officials noted.

Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) working groups were tasked with scientifically informing policy makers on the best way of implementing business environment enabling reforms through dialogue between the government and the private sector, they added.

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