Communique of 661st PSC meeting on Free Movement of People and Goods and its Implications on Peace and Security in Africa

Published: 27/Feb/2017
Source: AU Peace and Security Council

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 661st meeting held on 23 February 2017, at the ministerial level, adopted the following decision on Free Movement of People and Goods and its Implications on Peace and Security in Africa:

The Council:

8.  Appeals to Member States, within the spirit of promoting free movement of people and goods in the African continent, to refrain from imposing harsh penalties to fellow African citizens who would have over-stayed in their countries beyond the period stipulated in the visas and to facilitate their exit to destinations of their choice;

9.  Underscores the importance of expediting the process of issuing an African Passport to all AU Heads of States and Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Members of Permanent Representatives Committee, Heads of AU Organs, senior leadership of the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) and their respective staff. In the same context, Council requests the AU Commission to provide necessary technical support to Member States, in order to enable them to produce and issue the African passport to their own citizens;

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Pan Africa
Year: 2017