The Central African Republic, a Least-developed Country (LDC), faces
major challenges to its economic development. It suffers from irregular
electricity supply, the absence or poor conditions of basic
infrastructure (including transport, fixed telephony, hotels), and high
costs of related services.
The report notes that the resumption of support from the international
community should help to reinforce the incipient positive impact of the
country’s reconstruction efforts. Reforms (including structural reforms)
aimed at reducing the numerous supply-side constraints will have to be
pursued and should facilitate the Central African Republic’s access to
the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. This would provide debt
relief and attract capital needed to exploit the country’s enormous
The report, along with a policy statement by the Government of the
Central African Republic, will be the basis for the first Trade Policy
Review (TPR) of the Central African Republic by the Trade Policy Review
Body of the WTO on 11 and 13 June 2007.
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.
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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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Indonesia: 27 and 29 June 2007
Bahrain: 18 and 20 July 2007
Panama: 17 and 19 September 2007
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