The aim of this tailor-made agreement is to promote trade between the EU and African countries and to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction. The EU is the most open African export market in the world. For more information on the EU`s trade with Africa, see the factsheet and specific pages on West Africa and economic partnership agreements. «Posterity will remember this day,» former African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka wrote on Twitter. His sentiments were shared by former UNECA Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes, who wrote: «Africa has succeeded.» Lopes noted that it took the continent a year for the trade deal to be operational, «an absolute record for this type of deal.» But not everything is rosy with the historic free trade agreement.
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