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Cutting red tape to maintain trade competitiveness focus of regional forum

It has been estimated that the hidden costs of red tape add up to 15 per cent of the value of goods traded. How to boost intra-regional trade in Asia and the Pacific by streamlining trade procedures and regulations? Can useful lessons be drawn from existing national and regional initiatives to further facilitate intra-regional trade? And how regional cooperation can help to reduce the trade facilitation gap across countries? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the first Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum . Jointly organized by ESCAP and ADB, the event will take place from 25 to 26 November 2009, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.

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It has been estimated that the hidden costs of red tape add up to 15 per cent of the value of goods traded. How to boost intra-regional trade in Asia and the Pacific by streamlining trade procedures and regulations? Can useful lessons be drawn from existing national and regional initiatives to further facilitate intra-regional trade? And how regional cooperation can help to reduce the trade facilitation gap across countries? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the first Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum . Jointly organized by ESCAP and ADB, the event will take place from 25 to 26 November 2009, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.

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Vietnam Lao Cai popularises Sa Pa-Fansipan tourism trademark

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