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EU seals free trade deal with West Africa

Negotiators from the European Union and West Africa have come to a 42 billion-a-year free trade agreement after 10 years of haggling, but negotiations are still ongoing with East African states.

The agreement, which covers trade and development cooperation, will guarantee West African nations full long-term duty and quota-free access to the EU market. When it will be enforced, it will eclipse bilateral interim agreements with Cte d'Ivoire and Ghana.