EC-2007-AndorraThe OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held its fifth Economic Conference from 24 to 26 May 2007 in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. The conference focused attention on the theme of Strengthening Stability and Co-operation through International Trade.

At the invitation of the Consell General (Parliament) of Andorra, around one hundred parliamentarians from over 30 OSCE countries participated in the conference, which was inaugurated by the President of the Andorran Parliament, Joan Gabriel I Estany, and OSCE PA President Goran Lennmarker. The Prime Minister of Andorra, Albert Pintat, also addressed the participants.

Conf-2007-Andorra-Goran Lennmarker-PrimeMinisterAll the speakers stressed the importance of trade. A "prime motor in creating wealth," said President Lennmarker but also added that "when there is trade, there is usually peace." And he pointed to the importance of keeping and strengthening the international trading system. "We parliamentarians must stand up for that," he said.

The two-day conference examined topics related to the central theme and discussed in five different sessions issues on International Trade and Security; International Trade in a Globalized World; Borders and International Trade; Labour and Social Aspects of International Trade; and International Trade and the Environment.