One of East African countries, Kenya will remove visa requirement for Africans by the end of this year 2023 in a bid to promote investment and trade within the continent, said President William Ruto.
He has over the last months regenerating new paths and policies for the continent in and to accelerate the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
In a major speech, the President also called for the lowering of customs tariffs across Africa, in a speech at the Three Basins Climate Change Conference in Brazzaville, Congo.
“Having visa restrictions amongst ourselves is working against us. When people cannot travel, business people cannot travel, entrepreneurs cannot travel, we all become net losers. ”
“We are now moving in the direction of eliminating visas amongst ourselves. Let me say this, as Kenya, by the end of this year, no African will be required to have a visa to come to Kenya.”
He added that Kenya will open embassies in the Congo Republic, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, and Morocco with the aim of improving trade.
“It is time we realise the importance of trading amongst ourselves and allowing good, services, people, ideas to move freely,” the president concluded
The AfCFTA trade began January 2021 for African countries.
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