The African passport has finally been launched and the first two copies issued at the 27th African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
The outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Dlamini-Zuma issued the first two copies to Chairperson of the AU and Chadian president, Idris Deby Itno and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
“Iam the first African to hold an African Passport and the second is Paul Kagame” noted Idriss Deby, Chad President
According to Dr. Dlamini-Zuma, even though the initial plan was to issue the passports to Heads of State, Foreign affairs ministers, High Commissioners and Ambassadors were to also be among the first beneficiaries. She therefore appealed that nations should accept the challenge to issue the African passports to their respective nationals within their own processes.
Dlamini-Zuma in delivering her last address as AU Chairperson, spoke about the successes the Commission has chalked among others the launch of the African passport, championing the rights of women and youth involvement in Africa’s journey into the future.
She challenged the next commission to focus on achieving all indicators towards the Agenda 2063 dream that had been set.