Despite the increase in population in most African countries, which almost always adds more weight to economic strains and the responsibilities of each country’s government, the need for tolerance and Pan-African union, especially in terms of migration has been pushed to the forefront.
With the success of the European Union creating a passport so that its citizens within the union could travel more freely, so to did African Union (AU) leaders consider strengthening inter-ethnic, interstate and even international relationships within the African land.
The AU successfully launched a common passport to facilitate the freedom of movement among members. The objective of the common passport is to promote strong unity within the African continent as well as Pan-African unity.
Trade and social trips such as for tourism will now cost less and take less effort within the African community. Though many countries have not yet specified the dates that the e-passport will be available for use, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Ghana and Rwanda have already taken steps to making their visa policy easier for citizens of other African countries.
The AU Commission’s Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma was overwhelmed with joy while presenting the new AU passport to the President of Chad, Idris Deby and President Kagame Paul of Rwanda at the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda on July 17, 2016, stressing the fact that genocide and international conflict will never be encouraged in the future of Africa.