“An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance,” is how Agenda 2063 describes its second aspiration. “An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values, and ethics” is what Aspiration 5 describes.
In order for Africans to realize their dreams of perceiving themselves as a single people bound by the principles of pan-Africanism, the visible and tangible obstacles that have hindered the continent’s population’s unification must be taken down.
The African Passport and Free Movement of People, the main project of Agenda 2063, seeks to eliminate limitations on Africans’ freedom to move about, work, and reside on their own continent. In order to encourage the issuance of visas by member states to enhance the free movement of all African citizens in all African countries, the initiative seeks to transform Africa’s laws, which remain generally restrictive on people’s movement despite political commitments to bring down borders.
The Free movement of persons in Africa is expected to deliver several key benefits including:
• Boosting intra-Africa trade, commerce and tourism;
• Facilitating labour mobility, intra-Africa knowledge and skills transfer
• Promoting pan-African identity, social integration and tourism;
• Improving trans-border infrastructure and shared development.
• Fostering a comprehensive approach to border management;
• Promoting rule of law, human rights, and public health