Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) signs a landmark free trade agreement ahead of the African Union summit at the palais des Congres in Niamey, on July 7, 2019. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Nigeria and Benin signed onto a landmark African trade accord Sunday ahead of the deal's official launch at an African Union summit in Niger later in the day.Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and Benin's President Patrice Talon signed the agreement to rapturous applause at the summit in Niger's capital Niamey.AU leaders hope the agreement, which comes after 17 years of tough negotiations, will create the world's largest free trade area, estimating a 60-percent boost in trade between the continent's 1.2 billion people by 2022 .
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