The report notes, however, that productivity growth has been
relatively slow, significant trade barriers still protect certain
agricultural activities, and foreign investment restrictions remain in
some areas such as telecommunications, audiovisual, and air transport.
The report stresses that reform in these sectors could lower costs to
Canadian taxpayers and consumers while increasing productivity and
competition in the domestic market.
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.
The 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
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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Macao, China: 30 April and 2 May 2007
Costa Rica: 7 and 9 May
India: 23 and 25 May 2007
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