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South Sudan hikes foreign work permit fee by 3900 percent

JUBA – South Sudan has resolved to increase the annual fees for foreign workers running businesses in the country from $100 to $4,000 in the new changes announced in a statement by the Ministry of finance on Friday.

The statement syas consultants and managers will be charged the $4,000 fee, professionals will pay $3,000, technicians will pay $2,000, skilled workers will pay $1,000 dollars, and unskilled workers will pay $500.

Government had wanted to increase it to $10,000 in April but reversed the decision following an outcry and appeal from aid agencies that are working the war-ravaged country.

With these changes that are supposed to effected in November, many foreign workers may be forced to leave the country whose economy ailing because of the war.

“Outstanding payments with the old rate are to be cleared with the Central Bank and the ministry with immediate effect. Failure to do so will result in charges with new rate. Work permit forms that were taken earlier and submitted after 22nd October, will be charged with the new rates,” the statement added with a warning that defaulters will pay a fine of $200.

The world’s youngest country plunged into conflict in December 2013 after a political feud between President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar, who are from rival ethnic groups.

Fighting has displaced at least 2.4million people from their homes.

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