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PRESS RELEASE: PRESS/TPRB/250
26 and 28 July 2005

TRADE POLICY REVIEW: EGYPT

Continued trade and structural reforms could improve Egypt’s economic performance

Exports of goods and services have been a motor for the current economic recovery of Egypt, according to a WTO Secretariat report on the trade policies and practices of Egypt.

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The report notes that continued trade and structural reforms, including further privatization, which had lost some of its momentum at the beginning of the millennium, would help to put the economy on a higher growth path.

The WTO Secretariat report also underlines that reforms that would simplify the tariff structure and reduce applied rates so as to substantially narrow the gap between bound and applied tariffs should contribute to enhance the predictability and transparency of Egypt’s trade regime.

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The WTO report, along with a policy statement by the Government, will be the basis for the Trade Policy Review (TPR) by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO.

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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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Schedule of forthcoming reviews  back to top

Trinidad and Tobago: 14 and 16 September 2005
Tunisia: 28 and 30 September 2005
Guinea and Togo: 12 and 14 October 2005