on United States
During the period under review, the United States, the world’s largest
import market and a key engine of global growth, continued making
incremental changes to its trade regime, including liberalization on an
MFN and preferential bases. The report notes, nonetheless, that market
access barriers and other distorting measures, notably subsidies,
persist in a few but important areas, and that addressing these
distortions would benefit U.S. consumers and taxpayers and help
strengthen the global economy.
The report also says that it is important to pre-empt possible
protectionist sentiment, which may require efforts in the United States,
including through a reduction in public sector absorption, and in the
rest of the world, through increased spending.
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.
following documents are available in MS Word format.
- Secretariat report
> Contents and summary observations (12 pages,
> Recent economic developments (12 pages,
> Developments in trade and investment
policy (11 pages,
> Trade policies and practices by measure
> Trade policies by sector
> Appendix tables (20 pages,
- Government report (36 pages,
- Revisions of the above documents may be issued approximately
2 weeks after the meeting.
- Chairperson's concluding remarks
of the meeting are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting.
- Questions and answers by WTO Members are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting.
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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
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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China: 19 and 21 April 2006
United Arab Emirates: 24 and 26 April 2006
Uruguay: 17 and 19 May 2006