Rwanda President Kagame travels first time on African passport
The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has travelled on his African Union passport for the first time.
A tweet from his office said President Kagame had used the African Passport to travel to Chad for President Deby’s swearing-in ceremony.
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The African Union Commission (AUC) introduced the African passport in Kigali, Rwanda Sunday July 17, 2016 during the 27th Summit.
During the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, host president Paul Kagame and Iddris Deby Itno, president of Chad and Chairperson of the AU were issued the first copies of the diplomatic version of the passport.
The AU says the issuance of the African passport is one of the steps towards achieving integration on the continent, to facilitate free movement of people and to boost intra-African trade.
Holders of the passport are allowed entry into AU member countries without requiring a visa and are allowed to stay for an initial 30 days, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma, outgoing AU Chair had said.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
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