EU eyes free trade pact with Africa


According to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union (EU) should offer a free trade agreement to the whole of Africa, as well as a new investment alliance. Among various proposals for EU action to bolster prosperity in the world’s poorest continent and Europe’s close neighbour, the Commission chief called for a more equal partnership and investment rather than aid, as Europeans look for ways to stem an economic divide driving Africans to try to migrate northward. The EU already has a series of deals with individual African countries, mainly in north Africa, as well as additional economic partnerships with African blocs, such as the Southern African Development Community.

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