VIENTIANE - Laos joins the World Trade Organisation on Saturday, a major step for the small communist country but one that experts say may not break its powerful neighbours' stranglehold over its economy just yet.
Industry and Commerce Minister Nam Viyaketh (left) is handed a placard with his country's name by World Trade Organisation (WTO) director general Pascal Lamy during a signing ceremony last October which confirmed Laos as a new member of the international organisation. (AFP Photo)
Fifteen years after it first sought membership of the global trade mediator, Laos finally wrapped up negotiations late last year, having adopted dozens of new laws on investment, regulation and intellectual property.
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