SADC edges to visa-free regime

SADC edges to visa-free regime
Published: 19 August 2018 (150 Views)
The Southern African Development Community is expediting negotiations for creation of a visa-free region, it has been learnt.

Briefing the media after the conclusion of the Sadc Council of Ministers here meeting last week, Namibia's Minister of International Relations and Co-operation said significant progress had been made in this regard.

The Sadc Council of Ministers met on August 13 and 14.

The regional bloc commended member states that have begun operationalising bilateral visa exemptions, while encouraging those that have not done so to quicken negotiations and report on progress at the next Summit of Heads and State and Government.

It was noted last week that although the idea of relaxing visa requirements among member states had been on the table for long, little progress has been made due to lack of operational systems in some countries.

Under the Sadc Protocol on Facilitation of the Free Movement of Persons in Africa of 2005, the region should develop policies for progressive elimination of obstacles to free movement of capital, goods, services and people.

In 2006, Sadc members proposed that travelers from the region should be allowed a maximum 90-day visa-free stay. However, some countries are reluctant to sign the Protocol.

The Council of Ministers has resolved to urge member states to actively participate in AU meetings discussing the issue of the African passport and re-affirm Sadc's common position on the Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment in Africa.

The Council was also seized with concerns over post-Cotonou Agreement negotiations.

Member states are not agreed on whether African countries should engage with the European Union under the ambit of the traditional African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping, or exclude the Caribbean and Pacific.

It has been agreed that African foreign ministers and ministers in charge of negotiations with the EU will meet in September to agree on the way forward, including hammering out a common position and negotiating strategy.

Minister Nandi-Ndaitwa said: "As Namibia takes over the chairmanship of Sadc, it has the opportunity to drive the agenda of Sadc forward. More so, the country can push forward issues it considers crucial to economic growth and development of the region, as guided by the theme of the Summit."

- zimpapers

Tags: sadc, visa, free,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 957 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1819 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1384 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1420 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1369 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1151 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 955 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 918 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 783 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1251 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 775 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 844 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 847 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 695 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 778 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 800 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 790 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 756 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 559 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 526 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 767 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1155 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 814 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 757 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 747 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 816 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 708 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 651 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 693 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 695 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 657 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 760 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 659 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 612 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 748 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1167 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 712 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 633 Views