About Us

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To organize and unite all companies licensed under the labour externalization programme to operate under one umbrella and speak with one voice for strengthening the sector
  • To ensure protection of migrant workers, and observation of their human rights and welfare in accordance with the international labour standards.
  • To self regulate, ensure adherence to the code of conduct, laws, regulations and guidelines set by the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)
  • To ensure transparency, build confidence in the public and make the business attractive and sustainable. The mandate of the association is therefore on labour migration
OUR LEGAL REGIME

Our members are licensed by the ministry of GLSD under the following laws and regulations.

  • The employment ACT No.6, 2006.
  • Statuary instrument No.62 of 2005, the employment (Recruitment of Ugandan Migrant Workers Abroad) Regulations.
  • The prevention of Trafficking in persons Act No.6, 2009.
  • The Uganda Citizenship and Immigration control Act.
  • The National Security Act.
GOVERNANCE

The governance of UAERA comprises the following: An Annual General Meeting (AGM) made up of all paid members. Executive Board – elected for a term of 3 years. Secretariat staff led by an Executive Director ensures the AGM takes place, Plans for General meetings, trainings, workshops on new developments in the sector. Carries out public relations using various media platforms like TV, radio, and newspapers to inform and sensitize the public on safe migration through licensed by MGLSD companies that are also members of UAERA.

OUR PROGRAMMES
  • Promote safe and legal migration as strategy for promoting decent employment and national development.
  • Through our secretariat members are supported to be compliant with laws and regulations through trainings, workshops and implementing the code of conduct.
  • Sharing information and improving cooperation among members.
  • Empowering experience for Ugandan migrants and the benefits can be an engine for social and economic growth in the country through our members’ dissemination of information.
  • We are also more connected to employers abroad and therefore be able to supply to Government with information on the global market demand for skills.
  • Provide Remedial services and incentive programmes for returning workers
  • Act as a clearing house for our members’ documents before they are
    submitted to the ministry for processing. This reduces errors, and turnaround time for final clearance for migrant workers to travel out of the country.
  • Provide Remedial services and incentive programmes for returning workers
  • Act as a clearing house for our members’ documents before they are submitted to the ministry for processing. This reduces errors, and turnaround time for final clearance for migrant workers to travel out of the country.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Contribution to social development through reducing the number of young people not in employment through enhancing the availability and quality of gainful employment.
  • Contribution to our national economy development through remittances from migrant workers.
  • We have enabled Ugandans to acquire skills. All jobs seekers are trained locally at duty stations including skilling and certification.
  • We have enabled Ugandans to acquire assets.
  • The jobs have translated into home ownerships, businesses paid school fees for siblings, and people have acquired properties etc.
  • We now have a reception center in Entebbe located on Gowas Road that receives emergency cases and those that are in distress. These persons are offered medical treatment and counseling services by qualified counsellors.
  • Monitoring systems for countries with bilateral agreement with Uganda through MGLSD together with UAERA, including the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Jordan (Musaned system for Domestic workers to work in Saudi Arabia, Medical systems, GCC) though accredited medical centers.
  • Predepature training of domestic workers through the accredited training centers by MGLSD.
  • EEIMIS SYSTEM through MGLSD where companies apply for license, renewal, and upload job orders for approval.
Feature of UAERA
  • Looking at the future of UAERA, we aim to have the following in place:
  • Automated systems for all document processes.
  • Safe productive migration.
  • Migrant workers being able to go through licensed companies, monitoring from the recruitment stage to deployment, until the 2-year contract is completed.
  • Encouraging the workers to invest their money for future benefits by empowering them with financial literacy and contract appreciation among other things.
  • More bilateral agreements with many countries including the entire Middle East, Europe, USA, China, Japan and Australia.
  • A home for UAERA.
  • Engaging various stake holders locally and internationally in support of safe migration.