African Union launches Pan African passport

African Union

During the opening ceremony of the African Union’s 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, the AU (African Union) introduced a Pan African passport for the citizens of African states. Held on 17 July, the Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the KCC (Kigali Convention Centre), Rwanda, saw people urging for unity and brotherhood in the continent.

The AU passport is intended to allow people to move unrestrictedly within the continent. The first passports were given to Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and the Chairperson of the AU and, and Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

Global News Network Liberia quotes Idriss Deby as saying that after he received the passport, he felt very proud to be a true son of Africa. He also focused on the importance of hastening integration within Africa in order for the continent to attain socio-economic growth for its citizens’ welfare.

Present at the conference held at the Kigali Convention Centre were the Heads of State of the AU (African Union), the Chairperson of AUC (African Union Commission), the Deputy Chairperson, the AU Commissioners, the Palestine President, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Members of the PRC (Permanent Representative Committee), the AUC officials, Heads of AU Organs, the press and other guests.

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