AFRICAN NATIONS NEED TO TRADE AMONG THEMSELVES, SAYS RETIRING AUC CHIEF

African countries need to make trade among themselves easier in order to develop quicker, says outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Dlamini Zuma, making a first State of the Continent Address here Monday, said Africans should be able to move freer within the continent, saying this would help boost trade.

If we have continental free trade it will not only make it easy to trade among ourselves but also for the world to trade with us, she said.

Dlamini Zuma also said that higher education should be more accessible. The AU had resolved to develop continental universities of excellence to achieve this, she said, adding that this would help fast-track the development of skills in Africa.

Dlamini said airports in most African countries had also been improved making it easier to move around the continent.

“The decision has been taken that the countries at least give 30-day visas at ports of entry for all Africans. Some countries are saying they are still putting together mechanisms to make it possible to implement,” she noted.

She also commended African leaders for making strides in the development of women.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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