Lao PDR on course to join information technology agreements

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is set to become the first least developed country to accede to both the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA Expansion. At successive meetings of the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and the ITA Expansion Group on 30 July, Participants welcomed Lao PDR’s decision to join the two agreements and reviewed Lao PDR’s proposed respective schedules for eliminating tariffs on the covered products.