Kenya’s African Union Candidate Promises Visa-Free Travel Across Africa
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs secretary Amina Mohammed and the country’s candidate to the African Union Commission Chairperson position has pledged to abolish travel visa in Africa, reports the Business Daily.
“We need to remove bottlenecks such as visas,” said Ms. Mohammed, adding that she would push for free movement of goods and services across states.
Ms. Mohammed who is competing with candidates who include Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Equatorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy and Senegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa.
In July, the African Union’s 54 members unveiled a single continental visa in Rwanda last year, and was issued out to the African Presidents and senior officials at the AU with a promise that African Citizens will be able to get the electronic passport that are intended to grant citizens easy access to all member states by 2020.
Ms Mohamed will be addressing the common visa distribution, industrialisation and fixing infrastructure gap as stated by her campaign.
“Industrialization can reduce poverty and create jobs while trade is unifying factor, but we need to fill our infrastructure gaps and facilitate the mobility of people, capital and goods so that our young people can move across borders, exchange ideas, but also find jobs,” she said during a CNBC TV interview