The report points out that Bangladesh remains heavily dependant on exports of ready made garments, despite the risks from the elimination of quotas in accordance with the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC). Moreover, it has yet to take full advantage of its agricultural potential, and cope with inefficiencies and shortages in the important services sector, which accounts for more than half of Bangladesh's GDP.
The report also says that the economic performance in the last few years, together with the authorities commitment to reform, the strengthening of the legal system and the promotion of exports and market diversification should lead the country towards sustained growth and poverty alleviation.
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 (14 pages,
> Economic environment (19 pages,
> Trade policy regime - framework and
objectives (16 pages, 215KB)
> Trade policies and practices by measure
(55 pages, 694KB)
> Trade policies by sector
(36 pages, 512KB)
> Appendix tables (28 pages,
- Government report (27pages,
- 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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Congo: 27 and 29 September 2006
Kyrgyz Republic: 9 and 11 October 2006
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda: 25 and 27 October 2006