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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’

It is no doubt that the African Union has made strides in trying to consolidate African unity as advocated by former Libyan and slain leader Mouammar Gadhafi. Many hailed the anticipated African Union Passport as a milestone towards defeating barriers especially trade barriers across borders. Economists saw the single passport project as a push factor for proper intra African trade. They delay in its realization has pushed analysts the feasibility of this passport, asking the question if ‘’AFRICA IS READY F0R A SINGLE PASSPORT’’. AFRIC was privileged to get the view point of a Cameroonian economist Edmond Kwate on the African UNION Passport. According to Mr. Kuate, Africa needs to reconcile so many things to be able to achieve this aim of a single passport.

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