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Words in the News
Wednesday 10 July 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Thaksin Shinawatra
Asia Road Link
Summary: The prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra has said that a road link connecting Bangladesh, Burma and his country is now almost a reality. Mr Thaksin, who's currently visiting Bangladesh, said that the construction of the road would significantly improve communications between south and south-east Asia. This report from Alistair Lawson.
The News Listen  
  The Thai prime minister wants south and south-east Asia to become one of the world's largest business hubs. He says that can begin by improving air land and sea links between his country and Bangladesh. Mr Thaksin told a function held in his honour that such developments would have significant economic benefits.

THAKSIN SHINAWATRA: I am particularly keen on introducing air services between our respective second cities of Chiang Mai and Chittagong. I believe that this will open up new and exciting business possibilities.

Economists say that improving links between south and south-east Asia is long overdue. Poor communications impedes trade between the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and the Association of South-East Asian Nations. The Thai prime minister said that he wanted to ignite this process by forming a joint business council with Bangladesh.

For its part, Dhaka wants more duty-free access in Thailand for some of its exports. Both countries agree that while bi-lateral trade has increased, it's still below its full potential.

Alistair Lawson, BBC, Dhaka

The Words Listen
  business hubs
a business hub is an important centre for buying and selling

  air land and sea links
ways to get between countries by air, land or sea

  held in his honour
arranged especially for him

relating separately to the two countries

  is long overdue
has been needed for a long time

  impedes trade
causes problems for the development of trade


  For its part, Dhaka
as far as Dhaka is concerned

  bi-lateral trade
trade between two countries

  below its full potential
less than it could be


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