While market access for non-agricultural products is all but fully
open, domestically produced agricultural goods remain heavily assisted,
contributing to high food prices. Taking steps to reduce such assistance
would align agricultural policy with the market based-solutions pursued
in other sectors, which have been key to Norway’s prosperity.
The report also suggest that Norway should close the gap between the
treatment it grants to its EEA and other WTO partners by applying
reforms on an MFN basis and securing them in the WTO to prevent trade
and investment distortions. The report notes that barriers to foreign
investment persist in some sectors.
The WTO report, along with a policy statement by the Government of
Norway, will be the basis for the fifth TPR of Norway by the Trade
Policy Review Body of the WTO on 22 and 24 October 2008.
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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Jordan: 10 and 12 November 2008
Dominican Republic: 24 and 26 November 2008
Liechtenstein and Switzerland: 15 and 17 December 2008
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