Africa moots one passport for entire continent by 2018

Africa plans to introduce a single passport for the entire continent by 2018.  Meanwhile, with an e-passport, which was launched at the 27th AU (African Union) Summit in Rwanda in the early part of 2016, its holders will be eligible to enter any AU member states, numbering 54, sans a visa. As of now, this document is available only to the foreign ministers, heads of state and permanent representatives who reside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Voice quotes the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Africa Visa Openness Report 2016 as saying that out of the 54 AU nations, only 13 of them allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry.

According to Yves Butera, the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration’s spokesman, the new passport will ultimately cut down Africa’s dependence on donor aid. He said that Africa without borders was the way ahead. The plateau continent was gifted immense natural resources such as minerals and rich soil, added Butera.

He was of the belief that if all the African countries pooled their strength, they could survive without financial aid from Europe and the other western countries.

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