President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, stated he, and some different folks, have gotten the African Union passport, however, he nonetheless was requested to get a visa earlier than he may enter Angola.
The African Union passport is meant to be the unifying passport aimed toward fixing Africa’s cross-border points on the continent.
The passport is a standard doc that’s set to exchange current nationally-issued African Union member state passports and exempt bearers from having to acquire any visas for all 55 states in Africa.
However regardless of the existence of this passport, some nations in Africa nonetheless insist on visas on the AU passport — defeating the whole function of the journey doc.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, was on the receiving finish of the passport’s failure, as he was requested to get a passport to enter Angola, even when he was invited by the nation’s president.
Sharing his expertise with British-Sudanese billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, on the governance weekend in Abidjan, Dangote stated he nonetheless has to hold six, seven passports.
“They’ve achieved this African Union passport; I carry six to seven passports due to visas. Though I’m an investor, I would like visas in virtually 38 nations,” Dangote stated.
“Now they’ve issued us the African Union passport, just a few of us. I didn’t pay for it. I’ve acquired one, and let me inform you this, (with) the one which I’ve, I went to South Africa fairly Okay.
“However [with] this identical African Union passport, I used to be invited by the president of Angola to come back and see him, and I needed to go — usually, I don’t journey a lot throughout fasting interval, however I went.
“Once I went there, I needed to be given visa on African Union passport. It isn’t about charges, while you say African Union passport, you need to be capable of go all over the place, freed from cost.
“[But] I needed to apply for visa, and deliberately, after I utilized for the visa, I additionally utilized on the African Union passport and I gave them that too to stamp on it.”
Dangote requested the African Union to repair the hanging points across the passport and regional commerce earlier than the continent strikes to the continental free commerce settlement.
He stated certainly one of its factories within the southwest is barely 28 kilometers away from Benin Republic, however the west African nation doesn’t permit Dangote import cement into the nation.
Dangote stated the nation prefers to purchase cement from China, which is 1000’s of kilometres away, than to purchase from Nigeria, which is only some kilometres away from its borders.
The multi-billionaire says Africa should repair regional buying and selling and see Nigeria signal the continental free commerce deal “tomorrow”.
The Africa Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA) through the course of the week, acquired sufficient signatures for its enforcement — with out Nigeria’s signature.
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