Friday, June 20, 2008

African nations abolish visas for business travellers

Twenty-five countries spanning half of Africa have agreed to abolish visas for their business travellers and some other professionals in what could potentially be a major relaxation of migration rules. The plans were announced in the small West African country of Benin at the closing ceremony on Wednesday of the 25-nation Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). The bloc's members stretch from Morocco, Libya and Egypt on the Mediterranean coast to Central African Republic in the south and Somalia and the Comoros islands in the east.
"Visas are abolished for businessmen, researchers, sportspeople and well-known artists.The 15 states of West Africa's ECOWAS bloc, all but one of which are CEN-SAD members, have already started a scheme of a common passport and travel without visas within their zone