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Indian community queries government over work permits

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By FARAHANI MUKISA

Posted  Friday, December 13  2013 at  02:00

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The President, however, in a speech delivered by Vice President Edward Ssekandi, said the government has created a conducive environment for the betterment of business operations.

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Kampala- The Indian business community in Uganda has cried out to government to relax laws that do not allow investors with less than $100,000 (about Shs251m) to operate in the country.

Recently, the Minister of Trade and Industries, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, told all Indian investors in the country to cease involvement in ‘petty’ businesses, which Ugandans can transact.

Speaking at the Diwali celebrations at State House in Entebbe hosted by President Museveni on Monday, the chairperson of the Indian Association of Uganda, Mr Rajesh Chaplot, said: “Many Indians face immigration challenges, especially during the process of acquiring work permits.”

“Legalising directives hat impede small investors from operating at liberty will scare away many potential Indian investors,” he said.
The President, however, in a speech delivered by Vice President Edward Ssekandi, said the government has created a conducive environment for the betterment of business operations.

“I request you to urge some members of your community to adhere to the guidelines that the Internal Affairs’ ministry is putting up in regard to legalising their stay here. I urge you to give them all the information they require and avoid being unlawful,” the President said.

He told the Indians to invest in value addition: “I call upon the Indian community to invest more in value addition, especially for agricultural products.”

fmukisa@ug.nationmedia.com