PRESS RELEASE: EIZ Welcomes Move By Government On Issuance Of Work Permits

EIZ WELCOMES MOVE BY GOVERNMENT TO SUSPEND ISSUANCE OF WORK PERMITS FOR EXPATRIATES COMING TO WORK IN ZAMBIA

The Engineering Institution of Zambia welcomes the move by the government to temporarily suspend renewal of work permits for expatriates to ensure local jobs are held by Zambians.
The institution commends the Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Stephen Kampyongo for putting in such a pronouncement that will help safe guard jobs for the local people especially in the mines were most jobs are taken up by expatriates.
EIZ is happy that the government is enforcing the Zambianisation Policy which requires that a foreign engineering professional should transfer the skill to the local Zambians during their tenure in Zambia.
That is why as an Institution we will endeavor to work with the government through the Immigration department to ensure that before renewal of work permit is done the understudies have been adequately trained to take over from the expatriate in line with the terms of reference of the Zambianisation Policy.
EIZ has now made it a requirement for all expatriates intending to work in the country to get clearance and a practicing licence from the Engineering Institution of Zambia before obtaining a work permit from the Immigration department.
We shall only issue a practicing licence only when it is proved and confirmed that the skill being offered is a rare skill in the country and it is proved that no local can do that job.
All companies are urged to come up with a succession plan stating clearly the names of the understudies that will be attached to the expatriate during that period in line with the Zambianisation Policy.
We urge all companies, stakeholders, expatriates and members of the public to comply and not risk been prosecuted for non-compliance.

Eng. George Sitali
EIZ PRESIDENT

ISSUED BY THE EIZ COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.

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