The African passport will be launched during the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, issued to head of states, foreign affairs ministers and envoys to AU.
AU summit that kicked off on July 10th will end on July 18th 2016 and 35 African heads of state have confirmed to attend this meeting.
Free movement of people, goods and services is among the main objectives envisaged on African continent and will be emphasized throughout this AU summit held in Kigali as part of measures towards Agenda 2063.
The African passports are expected to ease movements among Africans.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo says that African countries have a wide plan of integration and cooperating closely even though boundaries will still exist.
“Free movement is a vital topic of discussion at the summit and the official launch of African passport will be held here .It will be a great symbol of wishing Africans unity in various sectors,” she said.
She explained that African countries will ease not remove boundaries but will ease the way of crossing them to other countries for business , education, employments or traveling.
“At some places, it is hard for an African to cross the border heading for another African country. It is a big issue since we cannot inter-trade without visiting or knowing each other. We will not save money in a country we never visited without knowing how banks of such a country operate,” she said.
Mushikiwabo has explained that issuing African passport will begin with African leaders at head first untill the program reaches ordinary citizens.
“African passports will be few at the beginning.The launch is like a ceremony to create awareness that the passport is functional,”she said.
African heads of state will arrive in Kigali from 17th July to 18th July, 2016 to attend the 27th African Union Summit.
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