Africa: Linking 24 Economies

The British were still being kept waiting at the front door in Brussels. But last week the international lawyers of the Common Market were fixing up a side-door treaty with 18 former French and Belgian colonies in Africa (see map).

Ultimate purpose of the New Eurafrican Association is to link the French-speaking Africa states* and the Common Market Six in a giant free trade area. As soon as all 24 nations involved have ratified the treaty, the Common Market countries will abandon their tariffs on many of the African nations' chief exports (coffee,...

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