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Djibouti's New Free-Trade Zone Creates Opportunities, Deepens Dependency

In a ceremony last week attended by heads of state from across East Africa, Djibouti inaugurated what it says will become the largest free-trade zone on the continent. The project will take 10 years to complete and will occupy more than 48 square kilometers when finished. In the pilot phase, it will increase the size of Djibouti's economy by 11 percent, Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed told VOA's French-to-Africa service. But the $3.5 billion project will also add to...

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