Work visa committee inaugurated for Erongo Region

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has nominated an Immigration Selection Board (ISB) Committee on Work Visas in the Erongo Region.

The six-member committee which consists of members for different ministries and state agencies, was selected as one of the ministry's resolutions to ensure improved visa and permits regulations and entry requirements.

During the inauguration ceremony here on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Maureen Hinda-Mbuende said the idea is to ensure that all concerned have an opportunity to participate in bringing service closer to where it matters most and ensuring that all possible impediments are eliminated right away.

Cabinet also directed the ministry and stakeholders to make concerted efforts to implement the following recommendations regarding visas and residence permits regulations to ensure improved acquisition thereof, in order to boost the local economic growth.

We have discovered that most of urgent applications for short term employment permits originated from the Erongo Region, particularly from fishing industry and rigs needing repairs as well as mines.

Not to stifle the operations of our industry when emergencies occur, it has been decided to establish the ISB committee at this office to provide services when needed, she said.

The minister pointed out the significant paradigm shift experienced by the world in the area of migration, where it had been seen as a security field that was left to those concerned with it.

Increasingly, this held view is changing and migration policies and practices are now used to aid and support the economies of many countries.

This is also the reason why on our migration rules and regulations will be continuously undergoing reforms to reflect current realities and serve as a development and economic growth enabler, the minister noted.

A drafting of the National Migration Policy (NMP) is also currently underway and it is expected that once adopted, the NMP will bring about more policy clarity on matters of migration management.

Hinda-Mbuende stressed that although the ISB committee has a responsibility to provide service, the members individually and collectively remain responsible to ensure that only skills that is not available in Namibia is imported.

Source: Namibia Press Agency