Mindanao tuna traders gathered in General Santos City last week to discuss the Bush administration's Andean Trade Preferences Expansion Act (ATPEA) and its impact on the Philippine's local tuna industry. The two-day Tuna Congress was called when local tuna traders expressed concern over the US policy, which gives preferential trade treatment to four countries in the Andean region; Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. By offering them duty-free or reduced-duty access to its markets, the US says that it hopes to remove some of the necessity for drug production in the region.