The report on Cameroon notes however its very limited scope of tariff
bindings, and stresses the importance of improving Cameroon’s
multilateral commitments on goods and services. This would make
Cameroon’s trade regime more credible, transparent, and predictable.
The report on Gabon raises concerns regarding the applied MFN tariffs
that exceed their bound levels for some 39% of the total lines. The
report also highlights the fact that the absence of a competition regime
and the transfer of monopolies from state-owned enterprises to private
sector have contributed to maintaining prices high; this affects the
competitiveness of the country’s goods and services.
The reports also stresses the importance for both Cameroon and Gabon to
continue the reforms in order to improve their business environment and
diversify their economies.
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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Peru: 17 and 19 October 2007
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): 5 and 7 November 2007
Thailand: 26 and 28 November 2007
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