Arab economy ministers' meeting opens

CAIRO - Economy and finance ministers or their representatives from the 22 members of the Arab League met yesterday for two days of talks on the organisation of an Arab free trade zone first launched in the 1990s.

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Published: Thu 19 Feb 2004, 9:54 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

Eight ministers attended the talks at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, while the 14 other members sent ministry representatives. The deputy secretary general for economic affairs, Abdel Rahman al-Sehibani, said the free trade zone would be operational from 2005, with the elimination of customs duties among member states. Tariffs have been cut by 80 per cent.

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