Africa’s visa openness improves but challenges persist — Quartz Africa


When it comes to advancing the dream of a more open and prosperous Africa, 2018 has been a good one.

Leaders across the continent signed the Continental Free Trade Agreement, which aims to connect a marketplace with 1.2 billion people and a GDP of $2.5 trillion. Another milestone was also marked with the launch of the Single Air Transport Market initiative which outlines a better and faster connected continent through air travel. Many countries from Kenya to Ethiopia, Senegal, and Namibia also relaxed their visa rules for Africans to promote open borders, trade, security and Africa-wide integration.

Yet the free movement of people, and all the benefits that come with it, still remain beyond the reach of many Africans. The 2018 Africa Visa Openness Index shows that Africans still require visas…

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