Africa launches one passport

one passportThe awaited African one passport was on Sunday launched in Kigali-Rwanda during the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union . The Chairperson of the African Union Commission handed over two representational African passports to President Paul Kagame , and to the Chairperson of the African Union , President Idriss Deby of Chad . The move to launch the African passport was reached during the Summit in January this year , with the AU deciding that the passport would be launched in Kigali starting with Heads of State and Government , with Foreign Ministers , the leadership of the Representatives of the AU Executive Councils and Organs this has since been overwhelmed by several requests and enquiries of the African people .

The summit urged Heads of State to create conditions for member states to issue the passport to their citizens , “within their national policies when they are ready , President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was the first East African Head of state to hold an AU passport . This was a great step taken by the AU and indeed many see the launching of this passport as one of the milestone , with off course high expectations that it would facilitate the seamless mobility of Africans and also ease trade and to create advantageous visa - regimes across the continent . ( Creating a pathway for a visa free ) .

Through his Twitter handle , Lamin Manneh , the One - UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator , described the launch of the African passport as “One of the high moments” of the summit . Last week , Louise Mushikiwabo , the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation , said Rwanda has moved ahead , with popularizing the Pan - African passport , with modalities already in place to print and issue the sophisticated travel document sooner than later .