United States of Africa? African Union launches all-Africa passport

Story highlights

  • Proposed African Union passport would allow visa-free travel to all 54 member states
  • Logistical challenges make 2018 target ambitious

(CNN)As the European Union threatens to unravel in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, the African Union is pursuing a path of closer integration through the launch of a common passport that will grant visa-free access to all 54 member states.

The first of the electronic passports were unveiled at the AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, where they were issued to heads of state and senior officials. The Union aims to distribute them to all African citizens by 2020.