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The African Union will unveil the design for a single passport for all Africans this year

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The path to creating one passport for all Africans will inch one step closer this year. At the 32nd African Union summit in February, theRead full story

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  • This is a promising development. If the coordination between national passport administrations works in a professional manner and the procurement process of the “AU passport” (including its security features) is up to the standards, it has a chance. It will require however stepping up of the continent

    This is a promising development. If the coordination between national passport administrations works in a professional manner and the procurement process of the “AU passport” (including its security features) is up to the standards, it has a chance. It will require however stepping up of the continent, that already suffers from many imperfections when it goes to ID documents.

  • Even a limited version of an African Union passport would be a remarkable accomplishment at a time like this. Kind of ironic given Brexit I think. Maybe England can do a standalone deal with the AU so African citizens can come to the UK anytime they like...at least for the next 250 years or so.

  • Would be great if they simply removed Visa requirements. Based on present regimes, political and social realities, hard to see countries that people want to travel to, like South Africa, opening up their borders if more Africans owned the African passport.

  • This is enormous, and could potentially elicit radical changes on the Africa continent. Free movement in Africa, coupled with their own version of a single market, represents a possible desire for a common African destiny. Which is saying a lot given how enormous Africa is, and the diversity of its peoples

    This is enormous, and could potentially elicit radical changes on the Africa continent. Free movement in Africa, coupled with their own version of a single market, represents a possible desire for a common African destiny. Which is saying a lot given how enormous Africa is, and the diversity of its peoples.

    Should these measures come to pass with Africa as whole ascending collectively on an economic basis, it would shake the history of the world. These are very important early steps to such a future.

  • Free and fair movement of goods and people; intra-continental cooperation is exciting. But xenophobic attitudes are still strong in many African countries, especially with tight labor markets, and high youth unemployment. You don’t want this to become a mass migration for qualified candidates to the

    Free and fair movement of goods and people; intra-continental cooperation is exciting. But xenophobic attitudes are still strong in many African countries, especially with tight labor markets, and high youth unemployment. You don’t want this to become a mass migration for qualified candidates to the bigger cities in search of opportunities. Travel is great, but semi-permanent residency is where this could get dicey.

  • In a way, it's the perfect Pan-African expression of a continent just finally stepping out of the shadows of colonialism and the Cold War. Sooner or later, African leaders will see that China is no better an economic partner than previous interlopers. African jobs for African workers, and a unified currency

    In a way, it's the perfect Pan-African expression of a continent just finally stepping out of the shadows of colonialism and the Cold War. Sooner or later, African leaders will see that China is no better an economic partner than previous interlopers. African jobs for African workers, and a unified currency? Probably a cryptocurrency or something on the blockchain could be next. With its bountiful resources, ever more educated population and a cessation of tribal and sectarian violence, Africa could make the mid-to-latter 21st Century its own.

  • Good! I feel this will alleviate problems and, unfortunately, create new ones, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

  • Fascinating story in the wake of the nonsense about post-Brexit passports.

  • This is a really big deal for the people of Africa.

  • I realize the rollout of something like this is likely to be complicated and come with its own challenges but just as an idea this is awesome.

  • I'm so excited about this -- this is the right direction for the African continent to unit in some form, via air, visas, and economics.

  • This is huge.

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