It looks like Africa could attempt to implement a copy of the European free movement model by introducing an African passport which would allow free movement amongst African nations to holders. Africa Union officials don’t require visas when visiting participant states and are using a special passport.
“It is additionally possible to do that … There is no African who is carrying a passport from any African country who must go and submit an application for a visa till they go to Rwanda – not anymore. It’s possible for you to get onto the airplane now and go to Rwanda without any visa,” includes Dlamini Zuma.
The Africities summit brought together local government networks and African mayors and development partners to share experiences and best practices on problems including infrastructure development, urbanisation, migration and accessibility to fundamental services.
It is an extension to the globalisation attempts made throughout many of the more forward thinking African nations. Many of the countries are experiencing growth and improving their infrastructure, many small business operate online for example using fast proxies to access markets which were previously blocked.
In addition they explored local governments can promote the realisation of the Agenda 2063 of the AU which imagines Africa that is peaceful, prosperous and integrated.
Dlamini Zuma says this vision won’t be realised without the total participation of local authorities that are African, including the youth as well as girls.
“And when you examine Agenda 2063 – everything that is there affects on local government. Is the abilities revolution? I was looking at data – it is shocking to find how many town planners we’ve. When we talk about abilities revolution local government is very much affected,” she says.
While Africa is the least urbanised continent – it’s nevertheless urbanizing at a fast speed.
A lot of individuals are coming into cities in search of a better life and this puts pressure on municipalities and cities to supply fundamental services.
What is shocking yet is that African nations continue import food at a high price.
“We import more than $80-billion worth of food as a continent each year. President of Ghana [John Dramani Mahama] lately was saying if they made five harvests and were self sufficient, as Ghana in those five harvests like petroleum, rice, sugar, and tomatoes that are common things used daily. That amount of money would be invaluable at local government, in instruction in a number of places which are essential for our development,” describes Dlamini Zuma.