Need for more security measures as Rwanda opens borders to all

On 27 December 2017 at 01:28

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has said that monitoring the security will require more efforts for a better implementation of the decision on opening Rwanda’s borders to all visitors.

The decision of opening borders to all visitors was announced in November stating that all Rwanda visitors will get visas on arrival.

According to the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE), the decision will take effect on 1st January 2018.

The government of Rwanda re-affirms that the decision aimed at easing business with other countries.

However, people questioned the decision as posing security threats amid security tumbling around the world.

Appearing on the national broadcaster, RBA, on Sunday, Mushikiwabo said that they expect good impacts of the decision on the country’s economy as soon as the implementation starts.

“When you open borders for visitors, both sides wish quick and good services. It is an immense decision that has many good impacts on the economy of the country. We, Africans, cannot cooperate with countries from oversees without cooperating among ourselves. This can bring negative impacts on the economy of our continent,” she said.

Mushikiwabo noted that the decision was taken while they were aware that the world is threatened by security issues but she reassured that all the challenges have been taken into account.

“As you know, there are currently part of African countries that require travellers to pass by Europe or Arabic countries before they enter them; so, people should note that our decision is not easy, it requires tighten security. We wish to attain the most valuable things which require us to sail through those challenges and overcome them to the extent that we shall be able to attain the things that will impact the continent,” she said.

“Before we decided to open our borders, we were aware of how implementation will be difficult. It will require us other measures but security issues should not make us locked into our countries. We need to move ahead towards welcoming people from other countries. First, we need to know who they are; through exchange of information, we shall be able to identify people who might be threats. In fact, it is an exercise which is always done between countries. We always exchange direct information,” she explained.

Moving to the implementation, Mushikiwabo said that they will need to improve security personnel as well as improving technology for information sharing.

“It will require us to spur capacity building in terms of technology and security personnel on airports and in our embassies so that we will timely share information. It is not an easy job but it is necessary,” she said.

The Minister added that borders should be open for Rwandans and people from around the world so that they can be able to find opportunities that enable them live profitably.