January 11, 2006
Free Trade? Oh, man! -- Event in D.C. on US-Oman Agreement
The US-Omani Free Trade agreement is the subject of this (free attendance!) meeting in Washington DC at the CATO Institute Wednesday January 18 at noon, followed by a (free!) lunch, for those Western Hemispheroids who are interested. I, if able to be there, or other readers, may pass along (free!) questions/comments volunteered. Speakers on (free!) trade include:
Maqbool Ali Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Oman
Salem Ben Nasser Al Ismaily, Omani Center for Investment Promotion and Export Development
Fred McMahon, Centre for Globalization Studies, Fraser Institute
Subject: "Advancing Economic Freedom in the Middle East, The U.S.-Omani Free-Trade Agreement"
Posted by Matthew Hogan at January 11, 2006 10:18 AM
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I'm not familiar with the details of the Oman agreement, but I find the US-Gulf FTAs rather interesting (at least judging from what little I know about the one with Bahrain and the negotiations with the UAE). The Gulf states themsleves seem to get precious little out of them but are making large concessions. I wonder if there is any reason at all they are getting into these pacts besides American pressure.
Posted by: Dubaiwalla at January 11, 2006 04:01 PM
From the profile:
one of the freest and most open economies in the Muslim world, will offer their insights from the government and private sectors, with comments from a leading expert on economic freedom in the Middle East.
Who writes this rubbish?
Oman, one of the freest economies?
Well, it would be a question as to how they placed Oman. The second, who the fuck is the leading expert.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 11, 2006 11:24 PM