The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will support visa-free travels in Africa to enhance regional economic integration across the continent.
This was contained in a statement by the Nigeria Country Office of the bank issued on Thursday in Abuja, and made available to journalists.
The statement said the AfDB President, Dr. Donald Keberuka, and business mogul Aliko Dangote alongside two African leaders had pressed for the initiative at the on-going World Economic Summit in Abuja.
The statement, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), named the two African leaders as President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It said the initiative was a call to action for regional integration to promote travels across the continent by easing visa constraints.
It quoted Kaberuka as saying that “the African Development Bank strongly supports the initiative, as a key component of its commitment to enhancing regional integration across Africa’’.
According to the statement, easing visa constraints and removing other unnecessary barriers would contribute to boosting the continent’s economies.