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West Africa A first border post reopened between Nigeria and Benin

On December 17, the Seme-Krake border post reopened its barriers which had been closed for nearly 5 months. Last August, President Muhammadu Buhari ended trade with Benin and Niger to curb the smuggling of rice and other goods. This measure, aimed at supporting national agriculture, had been rather badly received by neighboring countries. Benin, which is one of the main exporters of the continent, suffered in particular from this unexpected and radical decision by the Nigerian head of state. After Seme-Krake, three other border posts are expected to be reopened by the end of the year. The Nigerian government has nevertheless made it clear that it still bans the importation of rice and poultry into its country.

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