The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit held in Bangkok last October was a major opportunity to place Thailand's rapidly expanding industrial sector on the global map - a chance the Thai government successfully grasped with both hands. Even during the months leading up to the summit Thailand had been in discussions with a number of potential trade partners for the establishment of bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) - which it sees as key for the next phase of its economic development. At the summit, it announced that FTAs had been either established, agreed in principle or in the process of negotiation with no fewer than eight countries. Tony Pugliese reports.