African Union to reveal passport plans

24/01/19

Moussa Faki Mahamat, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson has said the African Union present specific details on the production and issuance of the African passport this month.

The Chairperson recently revealed that the AU will soon provide specific details on the production and issuance of the African passport, which will aid the free movement of Africans across the continent.

In his New Year message to the continent Mahamat said: “in February 2019, in #Addis Ababa, at the 32nd Summit of our Union, the Commission will present, for adoption, guidelines on the design, production and issuance of the African passport, the materialization of which will take us one step closer to the long-held dream of complete free movement across the continent.”

The Pan-African passport project was launched in July 2016, at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, in Kigali, with the intention to facilitate the free movement of people within the continent.

However, the passport has however remained the privilege of heads of government, and diplomats.

The introduction of the African passport was expected to bring about increased migration of Africans within Africa, and pave the way for the AU’s 2063 Agenda for “a continent with seamless borders” to help facilitate the free movement of African citizens.

The project also aims to improve intra-African trade and to ease the movement of domestic goods between member states. The African passport would allow African countries to profit from intra-Africa tourism. Tourism is one of the most promising economic sectors in Africa, and the industry has the potential to boost economic growth on the continent.  

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