Aug 27, 2008

Agreement On ASEAN FTA Expected Soon

But it seems that one country (New Zealand???) is still holding thigs up.

According to this morning's Dominion Post

Australia and New Zealand are likely to sign free-trade agreements with 10 Southeast Asian nations within weeks, in a deal aimed at boosting trade between the Pacific countries and a market of over half a billion people.
"I understand it's only a matter of protocol, a matter of procedure. We're working on one country which has some difficulty in this protocol but we think that it's within reach," the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of economy ministers of Asean and other Asia-Pacific countries in Singapore, Surin declined to identify the country.