The African Passport

African Union passports to African citizenry – Summary of 27th African Union summit decisions

Following the launch of the African Union Passport and the overwhelming enthusiasm that greeted it, the Assembly also decided to encourage all Member States to adopt the African Passport. The Commission will provide technical support to Member States to enable them to produce and issue the African Passport to their citizens. The Commission has to put in place an implementation roadmap for the development of a Protocol on the Free Movement of persons in Africa by January 2018, which should come into immediate effect in Member States, in line with the continental transformation framework, Agenda 2063.

The African Union launched the first African Passport at the 27th AU Summit in July 2016. The electronic passport with inscriptions in English, French, Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili is being issued to AU Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers and other high-level representatives. The goal is to work towards rolling out the passport for all African citizens.

A steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens and capable of taking its rightful place on the world stage.

- Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Former Chairperson, AU Commission

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