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    In Belgium, Senegal has signed a number of trade agreements with the European Common Market.?

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    In Belgium, Senegal has signed a number of trade agreements with the European Common Market. The signing on Friday (15 June) came as other African and Third World countries were negotiating with the Common Market over increased aid payments.

    SYNOPSIS: The first agreements to be initialled covered fishing rights, and it was signed by Monsieur Djibril Sene, the Senegalese Minister for Rural Development. Representing the Common Market was Mr. Olaf Gundelach, the Commissioner for Agriculture, and other community officials. It set out the conditions under which fishing vessels from Common Market countries can fish in Senegalese waters.

    In return for fishing concessions, the 10 European nations agreed to provide aid for export schemes, a computer processing programme and the construction of an operating theatre at the Central Hospital in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Monsieur Ousmane Seck, the Senegalese Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, signed with the Community's Development Commissioner, Claude Cheysson.

    On the same day, Senegal's President Leopold Sedar Senghor arrived for a private visit in Belgium. But he also met the President of the European Commission, Roy Jenkins. President Senghor was trying to break the deadlock in aid negotiations between the Commission and 57 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

    The Third World nations broke off talks with the Commission in May, saying an offer of six point seven billion dollars in aid over the next five years was not enough. But President Senghor said he had urged negotiator Michel Anchouey, representing the 57 countries, to resume the talks. He said the aim should be to agree on a package worth about eight billion dollars.

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