Increasingly, Africa is moving towards a lifting of its borders for the free movement of people and goods. On Friday, Kenya announced in turn that it abolished visas for Beninese nationals.
The announcement came from the Beninese Foreign Minister who accompanied the Beninese head of state for a three-day working visit to Kenya with him. Back in Benin, he informed Friday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has decided to abolish the visa for all Beninese wanting to go to Kenya.
It will only be left to the foreign ministers of both countries to finalize the agreement by clearly defining the modalities.
In fact, Kenya reciprocated Benin, whose head of state, Patrice Talon, decided in February to abolish visas for nationals of 31 countries, including Kenya, for a stay of less than 90 days.
The Beninese leader then said he was inspired by the Rwandan model on the basis of the strengthening of South-South cooperation. Cooperation in favor of cross-border trade, tourism, investment and economic competitiveness. And this, despite the risks of crime or the terrorist threat to Africa in general.
However, the opening of the borders fits perfectly into the plans of the African Development Bank ( AfDB ) and the African Union, which promotes it for better growth and development in Africa.