A unified visa approach among member countries will foster skill transfers and capital flows, executive secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu said.
The executive secretary made the remark addressing the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, officials from Ministries of Interior and Immigration at the IGAD Single Visa Consultative Meeting underway in Djibouti.
He said "By facilitating seamless travel, this initiative has the potential to catalyze transformative benefits across many and various dimensions,” A unified visa approach will foster skill transfers and capital flows, he added.
Workneh stated that this unified electronic visa aligns seamlessly with IGAD’s core principles, and it shall bring to life its policy instruments such as the IGAD Protocols of Free Movement and Transhumance.
“IGAD region, where entrepreneurs move effortlessly to seize opportunities, where researchers collaborate seamlessly on ground-breaking projects, where tourists freely visit all our diverse landscapes and attractions, and where students experience a borderless exchange of knowledge.”
This is the vision that the unified electronic visa propels us toward an interconnected and prosperous IGAD, he added.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency