Premier proposes to set up a free trade zone within SCO
( 2003-09-23 20:05) (Xinhua)
Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday proposed to set up a free trade zone within the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The proposal is one of three proposals to boost regional economic cooperation
Wen made when he spoke to the talks attended by the prime ministers of the six
SCO members Tuesday morning.
The proposals are:
-- To promote the facilitation of trade and investment in a bid to realize
the smooth circulation of goods within the framework of the SCO as well as to
reduce and eliminate non-tariff barriers like those in customs service,
quarantine, standards and transportation.
-- To set certain large projects on economic and technological cooperation
and give priority to those in transportation, energy, telecommunication,
agriculture, home appliances, light industry and textile.
-- To set a long-term objective for regional economic cooperation and
gradually set up a free trade zone within the SCO.