Dakar - A meeting of West African Ministers of Finance and Trade opened in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday to consider proposals for concluding the protracted negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).
The meeting followed an agreement on the outstanding issues, such as the creation of a free trade area of West Africa and Europe.
It is as a successor agreement to the previous trade regimes between them and which should be compliant with the requirements of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The proposals to be examined by the Ministers emanated from the February 6, 2014 meeting of the chief negotiators of the two parties in Brussels.
At their Dakar meeting, the ministers will consider the outcome of the chief negotiators' reports.
It makes recommendations to the regional Council of Ministers for their Decision and recommendation to the Summit of the Heads of State and Government for its decision on the EPA negotiations.
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