ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Peace and Security Council of the
African Union (AU-PSC) has called for necessary measures to
promote free movement of people and goods in Africa.
The Council has
reiterated that free movement of people, goods and services
facilitates Africa’s regional and continental integration,
according to an AU statement on Saturday.
Chaired by Louise
Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s foreign minister, the latest meeting of
the AU-PSC on Thursday deliberated and passed decisions on free
movement of people and goods and its implications on peace and
security in Africa.
The meeting at the
headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis
Ababa recalled that the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, in July
2016 passed decision on the free movement of persons and on the
The summit in Kigali
urged all member states to adopt the African passport and to
work closely with the AU Commission to facilitate the process
towards the issuance at national level based on international,
continental and national policies and continental design and
Commending AU member
states that have signed and ratified all relevant AU instruments
on free movement of people and goods, the Council called on
other member states to do the same.
The Council urged
member states to address all institutional and regulatory
capacity gaps to have a common policy on free movement of people
It has stressed the
need for AU member states to further enhance mutual trust,
cooperation and collaboration in addressing related security
challenges to prevent terrorist and criminal groups from taking
AU member states
including, Benin, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles have
already started to issue visas on arrival to fellow African
member states, the Council has urged others to also put in place
measures to ensure the issuance of visas on arrival for African
citizens while taking necessary security precautions.
It underlines the
need to ensure a phased approach in implementing AU policy
decisions on free movement of people and goods, mindful of the
variances in the legitimate security concerns of member states.