Namibia set to abolish visas for all Africans

2016-07-26 13:38

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Windhoek - Namibian President Hage Geingob has announced plans to abolish visa requirements for all Africans, The Namibian has reported.

Speaking during the official opening of the Foreign Policy Review conference on Monday, July 25, Geingob revealed that the move ouldl see the southern African nation taking a step towards the realisation of a common continental passport by 2018, in line with the African Union's Agenda 2063.

Reiterating his commitment to Pan-Africanism across the continent, Geingob stated that the abolition of visa requirements would mark the first step in welcoming African citizens to the country.

"We are committed to extending this privilege to all African passport holders by initially issuing visas on arrival, and eventually abolishing visa requirements," he stated. 

Referring to the "New Africa", Geingob recalled the policies brought about by Pan-Africanist philosophers such as Sylvester Williams, Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba, adding that such doctrines had been embedded in the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

In May 2016, Geingob announced the scrapping of visa requirements for Africans who held diplomatic or official passports, while all passport holders from the southern African region would be afforded visa-free entry into the country, New Era confirmed.

Geingob added that the new plan would also function as a way of giving thanks to countries which stood by Namibia during apartheid colonialism, stating that the nation would continue to express solidarity with those countries.

Read more on:    hage geingob  |  namibia  |  visa regulations  |  southern africa

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