Nigeria seeks to cut visa red tape

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Nigeria has called for abolishing visa requirement among the members of the Developing Eight (D-8) Countries Organization for Economic Cooperation to ensure free movement of both people and trade.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information, culture and tourism, made the call when meeting with Seyed Ali-Mohammed, the D-8 secretary general, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Noting that free movement of people will guarantee free movement of trade, Mohammed urged D-8 members to make sure “there is no barrier in term of visa” among them.

The minister commended the D-8 organization’s focus on tourism development, saying the provision of infrastructure is critical to the development of domestic tourism.

For his part, Ali-Mohammed reiterated his organization’s determination to help its member states develop tourism and promote cooperation among them.

The D-8 countries include Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

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