A report on the trade policies and practices of Burundi, released
April 4 by the WTO Secretariat, says that the reforms undertaken since
2000 have in all likelihood contributed to the first signs of economic
recovery, following a long period of economic decline caused by internal
While acknowledging that a return to peace is a fundamental condition
for Burundi's development, the report also highlights tariff reform and
the reduction of state intervention in the economy as crucial to
achieving sustained growth and the reduction of poverty.
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Trade Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated in the WTO agreements,
in which member countries’ trade and related policies are examined and
evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that may have
an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. For each
review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the
government of the member under review, and a detailed report written
independently by the WTO Secretariat. These two documents are then
discussed by the WTO’s full membership in the Trade Policy Review Body
(TPRB). These documents and the proceedings of the TPRB’s meetings are
published shortly afterwards.
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Southern African Customs Union (SACU): 23, 25 April 2003
New Zealand: 12, 14 May 2003
Morocco: 16, 18 June 2003