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News Reports / Sunday, 17 December 2017 02:18

Luxembourg, December 10, 2017.

African Union (AU) movement towards a complete recognition to Africans born and living in Diaspora as citizens of the continents 6th Region received a boost this week, with the convergence of a strategic working committee on the project. The group constituted to ensure the successful presentation of traveling documents to African of the “6th Region” was hosted at Maison d’ Afrique Secretariat Luxembourg, under the auspices of European Federation of Maison d’Afrique. While presenting the Special Guest of Honour,  His Royal Highness, King Tchiffi Zie Jean Gervais, Permanent Secretary General of the Forum of Kings, Princes, Sheiks and Traditional Leaders of Africa to the Committee,  Mr. David Foka, the President of Maison d’ Afrique Luxembourg indicated that Africans in Diaspora will have the possibility of applying for the AU international passport soon.

The passport which enable Africans resident in the “6th Federated Region” the opportunity of traveling countries in the African continent visa free can be applied for and granted to Africans in Diaspora, as qualified citizens of the “6th region”. In an interview after the meeting, Mr  Louis-Georges Tin,  President of the Representative Council of Black Associations in France (CRAN) and the Republic & Diversity explained that mobilisation of Africans to actively participate in the affairs of the continent and the AU is being intensified all around the world. According to him, “Be it in Europe or the America’s, stretching from the Caribbean to the Pacific, the language is the same, the force is intense…Africa is finally uniting. The die is cast”.

Recognition of Africans born in, and resident in Diaspora as constituting the continent’s 6th region was hard fought. Before the AU’s maiden inauguration in 2002, the position of Africans born and resident in Diaspora around the world attracted little political recognition.  The situation sharply changed with AU’s official recognition of the Diaspora as “consisting of peoples of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.”

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