Rwanda, Burundi, DRC migration commissioners agree on restoring single travel document by July 2012

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  • No visas charges to the member states
  • Document is allowed in the air transport within CEPGEL
  • One stop border point

Bujumbura-BURUNDI-Organised by Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Economic Community of Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) and UN Women, the migration commissioners meeting held in Bujumbura, Republic of Burundi, have agreed to easy free trade and movement of people in the three countries using one document without visas charges.

The commissioners have also agreed to establish joint border patrols and setting up one stop border point to easy free movement of people and trade. Circulated by the migration services from Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC alike, the special CEPGL movement document will be introduced not later than July 1, 2012

The meeting also has vowed to remove all illegal practices which hinder the free movement of persons and property in space of CEPGL and issue application of sanctions against the non compliant.

Integrated border management including the establishment of one-stop positions [ joint control] as the positions of the Goma (DRC) – Corniche (Rwanda), Ruzizi II (DRC) and Rusizi II (Rwanda), Akanyaru (Rwanda)- Kanyaru High (Burundi), Gatumba (Burundi) – Kavimvira (DRC) are identified as pilot integrated management positions in harmonization of border procedures.

The meeting have entrusted to the Permanent Executive Secretariat of the CEPGL the assignments to provide technical assistance to member states and their organs or specialized agencies in the implementation of the recommendations and legal instruments adopted within the framework of CEPGL.

Also strengthen the capacity of agent’s specialized services of the Member States of the CEPGL (migration and Customs) notably in the field of integrated border management and mobilising resources for the construction, equipment and modernization of border crossings to stop technology.

The meeting of the Directors and Commissioners General Services Migration and Customs of the member countries of the CEPGL took place in good conditions and in a spirit of conviviality rewarding. The next meeting will be held in the DRC in December 2012.


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