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African Union set to launch e-Passport at July Summit in Rwanda

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posted on Jul, 3 2016 @ 08:56 AM

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 13 June 2016: The African Union (AU) is prepared to launch the electronic passport (e-Passport) at the next AU Summit tabled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016. This flagship project, first agreed upon in 2014, falls squarely within the framework of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent - in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has described this initiative as both symbolic and significant, calling it a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens and capable of taking its rightful place on the world stage.” Aspirations 2 and 7 of Agenda 2063, respectively, envision an Africa that is ‘integrated’ and ‘united’, and the introduction of the Common African Passport as an effort towards realizing integration and unity on the continent

I actually came across this story sometime ago, but didn't post it, the Brixsit thing got me thinking about this, now mind you a united Africa is was brain child of a man called Kwame Nkrumah who lead Ghana to independence in 1957 and was a staunch Pan-Africanist , that mantle had been taken up by Muammar Gaddafi until his demise not so long ago, while in theory it would be great if they could pull it off, that task would proved more daunting than maintaining an E.U .ie .exit Britain the kool thing is it would promote intercontinental trade , the bad news is xenophobia is bound to raise it ugly head, witness South Africa about a year or so ago.
edit on 3-7-2016 by Spider879 because: (no reason given)

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