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Participants at AfDB seminar say open borders necessary for integration

Published on May 27, 2015

Saddled with 54 national markets and tight migration policies, the idea of an integrated and prosperous Africa would remain a pipe dream if African countries fail to open their borders to free movement of people, goods and service.

This was the central theme of a seminar titled “Africa without Borders: What will it take?” held in Abidjan on Monday, May 25, 2015 as part of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Discussants at the meeting argued that simplifying visas to unlock the movement of talent would play a significant role in boosting Africa’s competitiveness and integration.

Data from research on the subject entitled, “Unlocking Africa: Simplifying visas to allow the free flow of talent,” a collaboration between the World Economic Forum's Network of Global Agenda Councils, AfDB and McKinsey, presented at the seminar revealed that Africans require visas to travel to half of the countries on the continent.

The statistics also show that only 14 African countries offer liberal access to all African citizens. Read more. Source | African Development Bank