Friday, December 4, 2020

Botswana ranks poorly on Africa Visa Openness report

Following the cascading developments over the past few which saw the Botswana government putting renowned Malawian prophet, Shepherd Bushiri on VISA requirement list, Botswana has scored poorly on the latest Africa Visa Openness report.

The 2017 report which a liaison between the African Development Bank, African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum saw Botswana being ranked at position 28 out of a possible 42 countries surveyed.

The report states that travel access for Africans improved on the continent improved in 2016 as compared to 2015. However Southern Africa still lags behind when it comes to openness.

According to Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dangote Group, over 75% of countries in the top 20 most visa-open countries are in either East or West Africa, while 20% are in Southern Africa. Only one country in the top 20 most open to visas is in North Africa (Mauritania), while no countries in Central Africa rank in the top 20.

The report also states that Botswana scored a measly 0.333 score with 1 being the greatest score which was only achieved by Seychelles.

In 2014, hours before arriving for the launch of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president, Duma Boko, the government of Botswana slapped his Hollywood friends, Rick Yune and Jennifer Lindsey Bell with visa restrictions. South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was also placed on restriction after he called for regime change in Botswana.

The Index measures aims to show the extent to which African countries are open to its citizens to travel from one country to the other without visas.

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