The report notes that a key challenge for Thailand’s future economic
performance is the Government’s ability to restore private investor
confidence and to proceed with pending structural reforms, including
stalled privatizations, that would help improve the country’s
Further trade openness would support Thailand's development plans. To
raise the predictability of the trade regime, the report underlines
inter alia the need for Thailand to expand its tariff bindings and to
simplify its relatively complex tariff regime. The Services sector,
which makes up a large part of the Thai economy, has benefited so far
from liberalization but would grow further if multilateral commitments
under the GATS were expanded, according to the report.
The WTO Secretariat report, along with a policy statement by the
Government of Thailand, will be the basis for the fifth TPR of Thailand
by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 26 and 28 of November
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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Turkey: 10 and 12 of December
Pakistan: 16 and 18 of January 2008
Ghana: 28 and 30 of January 2008
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