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The special needs and difficulties of landlocked countries as they seek to achieve integration into the global economy have been increasingly recognized by the international community as requiring particular attention. Correspondingly, the proper mix of domestic policies and trade policy reforms for landlocked countries present a complicated agenda due to the inevitable requirements of economic structural adjustment and improved market access required for effective global integration. The Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), now in the midst of its accession to the WTO, provides a useful platform to identify and analyze such needs and difficulties as well as what may or may not be appropriate corresponding reforms.
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