DEPUTY Minister in the Prime Minister Office (Policy, Parliament, Youth and Employment) Patrobas Katambi has called on foreign experts who are employed in various projects in the country to ensure they implement a ‘Succession Plan’ to indigenous workers as stipulated in the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulation) Act.
Mr Katambi was speaking during his visit at Barrick Gold Mine at Nyamongo area in Mara region.
He said the government monitors implementation of the Labor Law Compliance in various areas to ensure everything is going on in accordance to the law of the land. He said issuance of working permit is one of the matters that are closely monitored by the government.
"Currently work permits for foreign nationals have been issued, especially to distinctive skilled professionals who are expected to pass their skills to locals so that they could carry out their duties after the foreigners have completed their term in office," he stated.
He elaborated that through the implementation of a succession plan of skills from foreigners to locals, it will help protect their jobs and many Tanzanians will be able to take responsibility and improve their performance in areas previously managed by foreigners.
He added that there has been a huge wave of applications from foreign workers in various areas seeking to bring in foreign nationals whose work can be done by locals, saying that the government has continued to ensure involvement of locals’ participation in various projects consider skilled labor available in the country, with the aim of providing more opportunities to Tanzanians.
The deputy minister called on employers with foreign experts to ensure they train Tanzanians so that they could take the positions in future.
Tarime District Commissioner, Eng Mtemi Msafiri said his office will continue to work closely with the ministry to ensure more opportunities are provided to locals. He also promised to make a close monitoring to ensure the labour law and all regulations are implemented as required.
Barrick Gold Mine General Manager, Mr Luiz Correia said the company is committed to empower Tanzanians by providing them with training on various programmes and are ready to work with the government to address various challenges, including lack of skilled personnel.