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PRESS RELEASE: PRESS/TPRB/295

TRADE POLICY REVIEW:

Significant progress but higher productivity is required

Since its previous review in 2002, Mexico has continued with the gradual and unilateral liberalization of its trade regime. It has also concluded new free-trade agreements, conducting 85 per cent of its trade with preferential partners. Mexico economic performance has been solid and several sectors of its economy have achieved high levels of development, according to a WTO Secretariat report on the trade policies and practices of Mexico.

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Nevertheless, some barriers to trade and investment persist, while per capita income has risen only modestly and alleviating poverty remains a challenge. Steps to speed up productivity growth would seem necessary, such as increasing competition in the domestic market, and the rationalization of the MFN tariff and of special fiscal regimes.

The report notes that further structural reforms would contribute to reducing bottlenecks in areas such as energy, telecommunications and transport. Resolving these long-standing issues would help Mexico to take advantage of the significant progress already attained in order to accelerate growth and achieve higher living standards.

The WTO Secretariat report, along with a policy statement by the Government of Mexico, will be the basis for the fourth TPR of Mexico by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 11 and 13 February 2008.

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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.

Print 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 on-line bookshop.

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  back to top

Brunei Darussalam: 25 and 27 February 2008
Madagascar: 2 and 4 April 2008
Mauritius: 23 and 25 April 2008

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