The report notes that The Gambia’s ability to benefit from its
membership to the WTO is hampered by capacity constraints, which affect
both its participation in negotiations and implementation of trade
reforms entailed by its multilateral commitments. The Gambia would
therefore benefit from specific support designed to help it meet its
multilateral commitments, and to disseminate information regarding
preferential market access opportunities and satisfy procedural
requirements attached to them.
The report also says that The Gambia could improve the predictability of
its trade regime by increasing the coverage of bound tariffs, and by
reducing the gap between bound and applied rates. Further tariff reforms
would also reduce the need for duty exemptions and concessions.
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government of The Gambia, will be the basis for the
first Trade Policy Review (TPR) of The Gambia by the Trade Policy Review
Body of the WTO on 4 and 6 February 2004.
following documents are available in MS Word format.
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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.
copies of previous TPR publications are available for sale from the
WTO Secretariat, Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, 1211
Genève 21 and through the on-line
TPR publications are also available from our co-publisher Bernan Press, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20706-4391, United States.
Schedule of forthcoming reviews
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Sri Lanka: 3 and 5 of March
Rwanda: 10 and 12 May 2004
Singapore: 14 and 16 June 2004