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African passport unveiled at AU summit

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Outgoing African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has managed to tick at least two big items off the to-do list she had in her term at the helm of the continental body.

In her last opening speech at the AU’s heads of state on Sunday, she said the one item the AU managed to tick off its “e-mail list” was the issue of the body funding itself.

The other was the free movement of people and trade on the continent, which came a step closer to being realised with the launching of the concept of the African passport at the summit.

The AU is 76% funded by donors, “or what we euphemistically call partners”, Dlamini-Zuma said.

She said the new model of requiring member states to contribute 0,2% of their import levies to the body would bring it a “step closer to dignity”.

At the opening ceremony Dlamini-Zuma also handed over the new African passport to AU chairman, Chad President Idriss Déby, who kissed the passport with a giggling Dlamini-Zuma looking on.

He then shook her hand for longer than was strictly necessary.

The launch of the passport was mostly symbolic, and member states were tasked to go back and work out the logistics of producing these.

Government leaders and diplomats would be the first to get these passports, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose country was hosting the mid-year summit, was the first to get a passport.

Dlamini-Zuma received praise from various speakers, with the pan-African Youth presenting her with its peace award.

The heads of state were locked in a closed caucus meeting all of Sunday morning debating on the United Nations Security Council reforms, and they are expected to elect a new AU Commission chair later in the day.



  1. Andrew Fraser on

    Given the AU’s sterling record, I am sure we’ll all have AU passports by 2116.

  2. So once I have one will I be ripped off the plane when I try travel on it to another African country for violating passport laws?

  3. Jim Bob McNally on

    The most prosperous countries in africa, all 5 of them are going to have a tsunami of people from the rest of dysfunctional africa making more of the same in their new countries no doubt. Viva the import of african problems, viva.

  4. Why are white people posting here? What concerns you? Are you “African”?
    Mind your business you rabid thundercunts.

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