A single passport for the continent of the continent[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date: 2019/1/8 10:29 • 67 times read[/rtl]
The idea of a unified passport for all Africans seems closer to reality than many would imagine, according to the head of the AU Commission, Moussa Fakih Mohamed.
In a message on the occasion of New Year's Day, Faqih Mohammed said that the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference will present some details concerning this passport, which he described as "the long-awaited dream."
"During the conference to be held next February in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, details will be presented on the design, production and issuance of the African passport."
He added that the move would make the "long-awaited dream" closer to reality, for "full freedom of movement across the African continent."
The Single Passport aims at facilitating the movement of Africans among African countries, as well as stimulating economic growth and promoting trade movement.
This development follows the announcement by the African Union of a "unified air market" initiative aimed at creating a common market for goods and services.
The website "Quartz" that if the heads of state ratified the details of this initiative, in February, it will pave the way for the issuance of the next passport.
He said the African passport would be in the interest of citizens of countries with "weak" passports, such as southern Sudan and Burundi.
Travelers from southern Sudan and Burundi need visas to visit 48 and 47 African countries, respectively.
It is not known how far African countries agree to this step, as migration experts continue to discuss their positive and challenging challenges, especially their impact on the security of States.