Design of single African Union passport for all to be unveiled this year

The African Union (AU) is set to reveal the design of a passport for all countries, bringing the continent one step closer to completely free movement.

The union’s Commission will present details concerning the design, production, and issue of the passport at the 32nd African Union Summit in February, said the body’s chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The passport will aim to facilitate the free movement of people, spur economic growth, and promote trade within the African continent, according to a 2016 statement.

Trade integration has long been a goal in Africa, however, the continent’s markets remain fragmented due to high tariffs and barriers, the statement read.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo `said a common passport could be a solution in disbanding all barriers halting…

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