The Memorandum of Agreement will allow citizens to use National Identity Cards as travel documents between the two countries. The arrangement will come into effect immediately.
The presidents of both countries, Mokgweetsi Masisi and Hage Geingob respectively, launched the initiative at the Mamuno border crossing. In a speech at the signing ceremony, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi stated that this initiative demonstrates the countries’ commitment to promoting relations and social cohesion among their citizens, enhancing regional cooperation and integration, and easing movement and strengthening trade between the two countries.
The move is also seen as an important step towards integration among members of the Southern African Development Conference (SADC) and the wider continent.
Botswana and Namibia’s Border
Both nations share a 1,500-kilometer-long border, and five official crossing points. The arrangement will not affect border security, and Botswana plans to introduce an electronic identity card to enhance the verification and authentication of travellers’ identity.
A First in Africa
Namibia’s President, Dr. Hage Geingob, commended the initiative and emphasised the importance of facilitating effective and uncomplicated travel between the two countries’ communities, who share a common culture and language. He encouraged cooperation between citizens and border officials to ensure the project’s success and praised Botswana and Namibia as trendsetters for being the first in Africa to implement this type of agreement.
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