Africa dragging feet on visa-free travel regimes


By IVAN R. MUGISHA
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Millions of travellers within Africa continue to face challenges due the continent’s inability to implement conducive and common visa regimes, a conference heard.

The African Economic Conference, hosted by UNDP in Kigali, noted that despite leaders’ commitments to ease movement, little had been achieved in building road or air routes linking cities, while many Africans were still denied entry to a country because of visas.

The problem, the experts said, was curtailing the free movement of people protocol, viewed as a key pillar to regional integration and the African Continental Free Trade Area.

“The commitments to ease movement that have been made must be realised and jobs have to be created at an unprecedented level,” Paul Coullier, a professor of…

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