A two and a half decade goal to see free movement of Africans on the African continent has finally been realized this evening with the launch of the African Passport.
The Pan African e Passport was commissioned on Sunday afternoon at the launch of the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali Rwanda.
The first two passports were issued to the African Union Chairman and President of Chad Idriss Deby as well as the summit host president Paul Kagame.
Speaking after receiving his own, dosage http://clbattery.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-client-server.php President Deby termed this as a great milestone and a start of greater achievements on the continent. He also called upon fellow leaders to ensure its easy operationalization.
According to the AU Deputy Chairman Erastus Mwencha, http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/functions/widgetize.php the plan is to issue the passport to all eligible Africans in the next three years.
Mwencha says the primary target of the new passport is enhancing inter-trade between the African nations and harnessing the continent’s demographic dividends.
Currently, all African countries with their national passports require visas to visit more than 60% of the countries on the continent.
The passport initially was opposed by a few African nations who raised concerns about security when there borders are opened up.
But according to Mt Mwencha, the passports will be issued from both the African Union Commission and from member states, which implies that member states will cross check from their own records to determine the people most qualified for the passport.