The African Union Commission Thursday has urged member states to speed up the process of ratification of the protocol on free movement.

Africa Union Social Affairs Commissioner Amira Al Fadil made the remarks at the opening of a two-day ministerial meeting on migration, refugees and displaced people.

“Political and economic integration as envisioned as part of Agenda 2063 [the continent’s social, economic and political development blueprint] could not be achieved without free movement of people,” she said.

The free movement of persons and the African passport is one of the flagship projects of Agenda 2063.

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