Business in Africa: Africa Visa Openness

In this Wednesday instalment of Business in Africa, Refilwe Moloto discusses African Development Bank’s update on the openness of migration, in its Africa Visa Openness report released late last month.

Moloto adds that this is a key part of the move toward integrating Africa and the introduction of the Africa Passport.

What I like about the visa openness index is that it is introducing accountability.

Refilwe Moloto, Founder and Principal Advisor at Ambassador Advisory

At the moment Africa is only 17% integrated from a mobility and a trade perspective. The idea is that integrated mobility to lead to an increase in trade.

Refilwe Moloto, Founder and Principal Advisor at Ambassador Advisory

The African Development Bank also highlighted the most improved countries in the past year notably; Ghana, Senegal, Malawi, Tunisia and Sao Tome & Principe have improved their visa openness impressively.

And South Africa, Benin, Namibia, and Zimbabwe have highlighted areas they’d like to improve openness in coming years says Moloto.

Naturally, this tends to start in tourism (and business visit) visas, but the implication for working visas and the movement of goods and labour becomes very positive.

Refilwe Moloto, Founder and Principal Advisor at Ambassador Advisory

Moloto explains that the key risks worth considering for reasons leading to tight visa policies in the first place are: economic flight, within regions and across the continent, the trafficking of illicit goods and people.

She also adds that the ongoing risk of terrorism/ the movement of terrorists, and the impact on African countries’ diplomatic relationships with, and ability to move in and out of, partner countries abroad are worth noting.

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