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Gambia joins region-to-region Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and West Africa

It was announced today that the Gambia has officially become the 14th West African country to have joined the region-to-region Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.

This agreement aims to promote trade between African states and the EU, and contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction in the region. Once signed by all the 16 partners, including Nigeria and Mauritania, the agreement is going to be submitted for ratification.

Meanwhile, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana have already opted for stepping stone agreements that will in future be replaced by the regional EPA with West Africa.

On 26 October 2018 a Joint EU-ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States) Ministerial Committee on Trade will take place in Brussels to discuss the state of play of the seven Economic Partnership Agreements between the EU and countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The EU is the world's most open market for African exports.

(See the factsheet for more information about EU trade with Africa and dedicated pages for specific information about West Africa and the Economic Partnership Agreements)

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Matteo Natalucci
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9 August 2018

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