Rwanda champions ‘speedy’ integration of the African continent in Kigali
Rwanda hosted over 700 experts from Africa and the world at the annual African Economic Conference (AEC) held in Kigali to discuss ways to fast-track African infrastructure integration and the removal of barriers for free movement of people, goods and services across borders. The Africa Visa Openness Index 2018 published by the African Development Bank and the Africa Union Commission was also discussed with Benin making the most progress in opening up its borders to African travellers in 2018. Benin is the second country on the continent after Seychelles to offer visa-free access to all African countries and the first Francophone country to do so. Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia, Mauritius, Benin and Kenya have all loosened travel restrictions for other African nationals. The African Economic Conference is jointly organized by the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).