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Monday, 15 June 2009

No Visas or No Visa Fees?

A bit of organised confusion in the Post today on the issue of government's future visa policy. The headline read, "Govt intends to abolish visa fees – Mulongoti". A closer examination of the actual quote from Minister Mulongoti read, "at [the] political level there are plans to abolish visas, if that is done the immigration [department] is going to be irrelevant, you need to help raise the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation". Logic demands the latter is the more accurate description because having a visa regime that does not recover costs would be costly. This would also be consistent with the approach towards a SADC Schengen.

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