Heads of African States at the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda sent a strong signal to the continent that a single African passport could be possible. Such a move will be a big step towards reinforcing existing regional integration and even form others; stronger and bigger. However, it will require a very strong political leadership on the parts of the heads of state.
The proposal to have a single passport for Africa will ensure free movement of people across the continent. This proposal is part of the African Union (AU) 2063 Agenda. Although it has been the agenda for the African Development Bank (AfDB), skepticism is rife as to whether the bank will ever deliver single passport in Africa. The signal sent by the Heads of States in Kigali seems more believable as such a move will require political will from the various countries.
The recent UN Economic Report on Africa shows that the African continent makes the least inter-continental trade compared to the other continent. 80% of exports from African countries are shipped overseas with trade within the countries on …read more