on the United Arab Emirates
The economy has grown by 6% per year on average over the past decade
and 9% in 2003-2005, although, despite some diversification, the UAE
still depends on crude oil and gas exports for a significant share of
its national income. But internal barriers to trade, resulting largely
from the absence of a competition policy, institutional weaknesses, and
restrictions on foreign participation in the economy, are impediments to
doing business in the UAE and are hindering the diversification into
services, a sector that is rapidly becoming a strategic priority.
The report says that structural reforms, including the abolition of the
restrictive Trade Agency Law, the adoption of competition legislation,
and further liberalization of and multilateral commitments in the
services sector, would improve resource allocation and the UAE’s
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 (10 pages,
> Economic environment (9 pages,
> Trade and investment regimes (11 pages,
> Trade policies and practices by measure
(23 pages, 342KB)
> Trade policies by sector
(39 pages, 682KB)
> Appendix tables (11 pages,
- Government report (13 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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Uruguay: 17 and 19 May 2006
Iceland: 7 and 9 June 2006
Chinese Taipei: 20 and 22 June 2006