27-05-2019 by redazione
The Kenyan Ministry of Tourism is preparing to set up a Special Commission which will be responsible for monitoring all applications for work permits for foreign nationals related to the tourism sector.
The commission, which will be made up of eleven members including representatives of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keeper and Caterers, Kenya Association of Tour Operator, and experts from the private sector, as well as managers of the Ministry and the Immigration Office, will be responsible for examining applications from facilities and companies related to tourism in the country and decide whether the professionalism introduced in the country is absolutely necessary and can not be covered by a Kenyan citizen.
Foreigners who intend to work in Kenya in the field of holidays, should have specific skills in the field, supported by a curriculum and, if necessary, support interviews that prove the experience and teaching skills to Kenyan apprentices.
This crackdown should concern above all the "Special Passes" that will have precisely this kind of requirement, as they would already hypothetically be issued precisely to allow Kenyans to learn professionalism from competent foreigners.
"From now on in Tourism in Kenya, foreigners will only work in the event that the hotel industry fails to provide certain professions and skills using Kenyan citizens - said Minister of Tourism Najib Balala - the commission called to assess the requests, will also ensure that the company that requires the hiring of a foreigner has made all efforts to employ a Kenyan in the same role, without success.
The commission, called "Work Permit Vetting Committee for Tourism and Hospitality Sector" will also ask hotels for a "historian" on work permits and special passes presented to date, to understand what their line has been and, if so, why they have not encouraged the growth of local staff.
Balala reiterated that the intention of the commission is to encourage the exchange of information and expertise between local employees and foreign professionals, ensuring that employers, at the same time as hiring "expats" identify Kenyan employees to be submitted to the necessary training, within the specific period of the work permit issued.
Already three years ago (as our website pointed out) the Government had thought of creating a system to control tourism permits, through the Tourism Regulatory Authority, but the experiment had remained at the stake.
In the past months the Government, through the voice of the Minister of the Interior Fred Matiang'i, had already announced a possible stop to the "special wild passes" and the control of foreigners is one of the priorities reported to the tourism sector for its renewal and to create new jobs.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
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