Mozambique: Recruitment of overseas labour still a necessity

7 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Apr – The recruitment of overseas labour is still necessary, despite it being expensive because of large-scale investment in resources it implies, the president of the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) has said in Maputo.

According to Maputo’s Notícias newspaper, Salimo Abdula admitted that it was a lack of alternatives at home which was driving the private sector to employ foreign workers, at a time when all efforts are geared towards getting the best position in the market.

The CTA president said that when a manager came to the conclusion that they needed to recruit someone from abroad, it was not with the intention of harming the national workforce, but rather, he said, of finding the right person to respond to the demands of the production process at any given time.

Participating last week in Maputo during a business sector conference on materials, Abdula said that the Mozambican economy was growing and the market was getting more competitive and demanding, which was why Mozambican companies were involved in a frenetic battle over qualified personnel, facilitating their systematic movement from one company to another.

However, new regulations on mechanisms and procedures for employing overseas workers in Mozambique do not meet the demands of the private sector because they do not address the concerns it raised during the public discussion of the document.

Some of the issues raised by the private sector surround the inclusion of company agents in the quota regime, the demand for a certificate of equivalence as proof of the worker’s qualifications or education, a release certificate issued by the National Social Security Institute (INSS), among others.

In the face of this situation, the CTA believes that it is possible to draw up a statute which would actually attract overseas investment and which, according to Salimo Abdula, “would be devoid of the heavy burden of bureaucracy which characterizes the current regulations.” (macauhub)