The European Community is turning its attention to such North African countries as Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. A summit in early 1992 in Tunis will bring together North African heads of state with the leaders of Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. It is likely that the participants will launch a development bank for North Africa. The EC is attracted by the market represented by North Africa's 80 million people and big upcoming infrastructure projects. It also wants to head off new waves of North African immigrants by spurring local development.

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