The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has hailed the decision by the Central Africa’s economic bloc to lift visa-based restrictions on free movement of citizens of its member states with immediate effect — an actualization of existing agreements.
Leaders of member states of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) held a meeting recently in Libreville, Gabon, and discussed regional integration in Central Africa.
The decision about free movement in the area “marks a watershed in the process of regional integration in Central Africa and will contribute to the African Union’s vision of a fully integrated and economically vibrant continent, according to a statement from ECA on Thursday”, according to a statement from ECA on Thursday.
“It has the propensity to boost economic, political and cultural interaction among the peoples of all countries concerned and increase cross-border trade while reducing its cost, optimizing human and monetary capital improvement and driving competitiveness,” said ECA Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes.
He posited that there are far more long-term benefits to be gained from regional integration in Africa, if compared with concerns being raised.
The decision is an actualization of the an agreement in 2005 on the free movement of persons in the CEMAC zone. Enditem