Six nations of Central Africa reached a new milestone today. Citizens of these six nations can travel visa-free within the boundary of these six nations. The nations are – Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, and Chad. heads of the six nations met in Chad and passed the new travel policy. These six nations are a part of Central African Economic and Monetary Community.
The countries made this announcement after 23 years of discussion. Chadian President Idris Deby announced it at the Central African Economic and Monetary Community in the presence of the six head of states. Central African Economic and Monetary Community was founded in 1994 but couldn’t really catch up with other African economic blocs in terms of visa restriction.
Youssouf Saleh, former prime minister of Chad, said that it was a good decision by Central African Economic and Monetary Community. Better late than never. He said that the effectiveness of the announcement shouldn’t get influenced by political situations between the six nations. In 2016, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea had severe issues because of international drop in oil prices. The countries didn’t let job-finding jobs youth cross the border.
Youssouf Saleh is concerned about security concerns within this economic bloc. Many rebel combatants from Central African Republic are crossing the border Cameroon dressed up as refugees and businessmen. Cameroon is a relatively peaceful country as compared to other nations of the economic bloc.
Pierre Moussa, Central African Economic and Monetary Community President, said that all the countries are actively trying to resolve security concerns. Development Bank of Central African States is going to give the six countries $2 million to resolve border security issues. There are many more new developments that the Central African Economic and Monetary Community is planning for its nations. They are planning to build roads connecting regional capitals and also start a regional airline.