Turkey’s deepening economic outreach to the Maghreb and West Africa carries the
potential for Turkey to set the terms of a new interregional pattern of commercial
connectivity between Europe and Africa. Anchored in Algeria’s commercial transportation
connectivity southward from its Mediterranean coast and Senegal’s commercial
transportation connectivity westward from its Atlantic shore, Turkey could create a
commercial architecture of integrated economic activity encompassing 18 nations of the
Central Maghreb and West Africa. With the stabilization of Libya and the completion of
southward commercial transportation connectivity from Tripoli, Turkey’s presence in
Libya could contribute to the further consolidation of a Maghreb–West Africa commercial
architecture (Figure 1).

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