Panamerican Trade

— NPR's Tom Gjelten reports from Santiago, Chile on the way that trade issues are likely to be discussed at the Summit of the Americas. Because Congress refused last year to extend President Clinton's 'fast track' authority to negotiate trade agreements, the U.S. is expected to play a secondary role in those discussions. Rather than talking about how to expand the North American Free Trade Zone to include South America, the leaders are expected to talk about establishing a free trade area that includes all the democratic countries of the Western Hemisphere.

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