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Kenya abolishes visa requirements for citizens from this continent

11:09 PM | 31 Oct, 2023
Kenya abolishes visa requirements for citizens from this continent

NAIROBI - Kenya is set to eliminate visa requirements for African nationals starting next year in a move aimed at enhancing trade and travel across the continent.

President William Ruto announced this initiative at a climate change conference in Congo-Brazzaville, emphasizing the need to break down barriers that hinder inter-African travel.

The President also emphasized the negative impact of visa requirements on business and called for a change; the travel experts hail his current decision.

”It is detrimental when people, including businesspeople and entrepreneurs, are unable to travel freely”, he highlighted.

Currently, 32 out of 54 African countries still demand visas for nationals from over half of the continent and Kenya will become the fourth African nation to offer unrestricted travel to Africans.

This step aligns with efforts to promote the African continental free trade area. The African Union has been advocating for the removal of travel barriers but the implementation has been slow.

The visa-free travel for Africans offered by Kenya is expected to sour the economy and tourism in the country though some are skeptical about the security concerns.

Nestled in East Africa, Kenya is a diverse and captivating nation known for its stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture. Its geographical tapestry encompasses everything from picturesque coastal shores along the Indian Ocean to the iconic Great Rift Valley, teeming with lakes, mountains, and fertile plains. Mount Kenya, the country's highest peak, stands majestically at over 5,000 meters, offering breathtaking vistas and challenging hikes for adventurers.

Home to a population of approximately 54 million people, Kenya is a melting pot of ethnicities, languages, and traditions. Its citizens, known as Kenyans, represent a colorful mosaic of cultures, with over 40 different ethnic groups, including the Kikuyu, Luo, and Maasai. This diversity is reflected in Kenya's official languages: English and Swahili.

Kenya attracts millions of visitors each year. The country's famed national parks and reserves, such as the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo, offer unrivaled opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to witness the awe-inspiring "Big Five" - lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceroses - in their natural habitats. Additionally, Kenya's coastal cities, like Mombasa and Malindi, boast pristine beaches, historic sites, and a rich Swahili heritage.

From the bustling markets of Nairobi, the capital city, to the ancient archaeology of Turkana, Kenya offers a tapestry of experiences for every traveler, making it a destination that leaves an indelible mark on all who have the privilege of exploring its boundless beauty.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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