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04/12/2018 - A total of 44 African nations signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade agreement earlier this year, with only 12 out of the required 22 countries ratifying the accord, but policy makers say there is time enough - and practical solutions - to move the process ahead.

Categories: Regional Integration, Africa Visa Openness Index


03/12/2018 - For millions of ordinary travellers, inter-African travel is still too often a nightmare. Be it border hassles, lack of road or air routes linking key cities, or the frustrations of being refused entry to a country because of visas, the end result is to curtail the free movement of people, viewed by the African Development Bank as one of the pillars of regional integration.

Categories: Rwanda, Regional Integration, Africa Visa Openness Index


28/11/2018 - The year 2018 is a landmark chapter in Africa’s regional integration efforts. The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Single African Air Transport Market are major milestones in the creation of a regulatory environment that promotes air connectivity and makes it faster, easier and less expensive for Africans to travel within Africa.

Categories: Regional Integration, Africa Visa Openness Index


15/06/2017 - More than ever before, African countries need to craft economic and trade policies that will foster inclusive and green tourism growth, intra-Africa trade, and contribute to visa openness for a borderless and interconnected continent, according to the latest edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor.

Categories: Human Capital Development, Employment, Regional Integration, Africa Visa Openness Index, Transport, Infrastructure, Youth, Partnerships, Private Sector


19/05/2017 - The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum, launched on Friday, May 19, 2017, the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index, ahead of the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India.

Categories: Regional Integration, Human Capital Development, Employment, Africa Visa Openness Index


05/10/2016 - The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina received his copy of the African Passport in Abidjan on Wednesday, 5 October 2016, hailing the occasion as a clear signal of Africa’s move toward integration.

Categories: Regional Integration, Africa Visa Openness Index, The President


12/02/2016 - The African Development Bank has launched the first Africa Visa Openness Index, which shows how Africa remains largely closed off to African travellers. On average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just 20% of other countries on the continent.

Categories: Africa Visa Openness Index


25/11/2015 - The African Development Bank has moved ahead on finalizing the first Africa Visa Openness Index. The Index ranks African countries on the level of openness/restrictiveness of their visa regimes. Its aim is to drive visa policy reforms across Africa, simplify visa application procedures and encourage positive reciprocity.

Categories: Rwanda, Mauritius, Regional Integration, Migration and Development Initiative, Employment, Partnerships, Africa Visa Openness Index


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