IGAD to fast track movement of people across the continent

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) steps up efforts to fast track the free movement of people across the African continent.

 The Authority has launched consultations on free movement of persons to gather views from local stakeholders and experts on the benefits and barriers of free movement of persons.

Consultations have taken place in Somali capital Mogadishu where the African Union said it supports the free movement of persons in the continent and will continue working with regional economic blocs to achieve the objective

Similar consultations will also be held in other member states and once finalized the views gathered will be used in formulating the IGAD Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, aimed at boosting trade and improving the opportunities for regulated labour mobility.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Simon Mulongo who officiated at the function says the continental body believes in freedom of movement of persons across the continent.

February 12 2018