26 December 2008

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Visitors to the five East African Community countries could soon have a common visa if high-level talks between representatives of the countries bear fruit. Consultations are at an advanced stage with meetings between ministers and other top officials taking place in various capital cities. East African Community minister Amason Kingi said the integration of the immigration departments in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda would open up the region for economic advancement. “A common visa would enable visitors to visit the member states with ease. This will result into an unrivalled wide package for our region and pool tourists to the hub,” he said. Residents of the member states would also cross the borders to carry out business and other activities for the benefit of their individual countries and the region, said Mr Kingi. “We want to market East Africa as a single tourism package as opposed to the current scenario in which individual countries are marketing themselves,” said Mr Kingi, who is the Magarini MP. 

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