What are your country’s main exports and imports, and to/from what countries? Who are its major trading partners?
What is current trade balance, and trends over past 10+ years?
What is your country’s “trade orientation”? How does the government encourage or discourage trade?
Are you an export pessimist or optimist for your country?
Has it had any issues brought before the WTO?
What are your country’s primary resource and manufactured product exports? Who do they export to?
Does your country have an industrial policy?