Sunday, 26 October 2008 4:58 PM

Tobacco in trade agreements

I thank HE Joseph Ma'ahanua for his correction as I missed the point that these product are inclusive items in WTO terms. Only a few bilateral trade agreements eg USA and Singapore do away with these in a well-calculated nature. I also want to inform my readers that the word "all" should be replaced with other terms like some/many or few in liberalization and advances in aspects of life.

What I do understand is that the affluent "Rambos" of many trade agreements involving these products in particular have collapsing tobaco consumption prevalences; the fear that this industry will be nurtured in foreign lands to their demise.

As I have alluded to earlier the country's intellects are abundant of which HE Joseph is one. We face lots dilemas everyday when the toughest decisions are for survival...Health or economy or health and economy. We may opt for one but forget not the other!

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