10/7/11 (AEIN) An economic policy forum will be held in Tajikistan on Saturday to discuss international trade. The meeting will take place in the northwestern city of Khujand, the National Information Agency of Tajikistan reported on Friday.
Participants will discuss the decision to apply protectionism or unrestricted free trade. They will compare the benefits of each option for the country's domestic economy. The forum was arranged by an organization which promotes free trade.
On August 15th, the National Information Agency reported that the same organization planned a meeting to discuss free market measures enacted in the nearby country of Georgia. Anyone between seventeen and thirty-seven years old was permitted to attend.
Free trade generally refers to the elimination of tariffs on imports, whereas protectionism applies tariffs to protect the sales of domestic manufacturers and raise tax revenue. Tajikistan is a landlocked country in the Central Asia region.