(by Andegna.com) “African countries trust Americans, Asians and Europeans than African citizens,” this was said during the launching of African Regional Integration Index Report 2016, on the weekend in Addis Ababa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Center.
Regional integration has been impeded in the continent due to limited movement of Africans across many countries, according to the report which a continental ambition of increasing borderless Africa has still gaps. For Africa, the visa-openness is more a security issue than business that the African Union Commission urged member states to be decisive on making movement of Africans easy.
Senior Trade Expert of the African Development Bank Group Jean Guy says visa issuance is mainly related to the security, especially threats of terrorism.
“Nations also fear flood of foreign employees if they (governments) allowed it,” said Jean.
For Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) allowing visa is the issue of trust among Africans, because, “African countries trust Americans, Asians and Europeans than African citizens,” said a representative from ECOWAS, which is the highest performing regional economic community on free movement of people, according to the Integration Index Report.
All ECOWAS countries implemented the free movement of people’s protocol, which enables citizens to travel to all member countries without visa, while Rwanda and Seychelles are also granted a free visa service for Africans.
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