Trade Tussles

December 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Dec2005, Vol. 16 Issue 12, p7
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The article focuses on commitment made by the Laotian government towards trade liberalization at a recent meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic ministers. The government is also pressing ahead with preparations to join the World Trade Organization. The government recently received praise from within ASEAN for the progress it had made in lowering tariff barriers. Addressing the ASEAN economic ministers meeting, the prime minister, Bounyang Vorachit, said he was convinced that ASEAN membership and the establishment of the ASEAN Free Trade Area were vital for the country's prosperity.


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