Friday, October 5, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Will Restrict Foreign Workers To Boost Local Employment, Says Vice President

Government will strictly enforce labor laws that restrict number of foreign employees in a company

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President, in charge of National Defense and State Security, announced that he would restrict the distribution of work visas to foreigners seeking jobs that could be performed by an Equatoguinean citizen. The announcement was made September 17 on state television.

“We want to encourage and support national employment. Many countries have work visa restrictions in order to ensure that foreign workers don’t take needed jobs from citizens,” said Nguema Obiang Mangue.

The Second Vice President said that many Equatoguineans are having difficulty finding work, while expatriates are finding jobs more easily. He would enforce labor laws, he said, which state that foreign employees cannot exceed 10 percent of a company’s staff. Anyone who violated these laws would be punished.

Equatorial Guinea’s booming economy has attracted a significant number of migrants from neighboring countries seeking employment. The government policy will not affect jobs for which there are no qualified Equatoguineans, but companies will be encouraged to train local workers for skills that are now lacking in the workforce.  

By enforcing the nation’s labor laws, the Second Vice President said, the government will give nationals a greater opportunity to find employment. This initiative is a continuation of the government’s efforts to improve Equatoguineans’ living conditions, as seen in the zinc roof campaign and additional rural sustainable-development programs.