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 report states that economic expansion needs to be sustained and
increased in order to achieve improvements in living standards, which in
turn requires keeping up the ongoing efforts designed to strengthen
competition and the regulatory framework in sectors such as
telecommunications, financial services and maritime transport.
The WTO report also notes that Guatemala offers fiscal concessions which
include export subsidies, and observes that it would be useful to define
a concrete strategy to minimize the transition costs to a subsidy-free
The WTO report, along with a policy statement by the Government of
Guatemala, will be the basis for the second TPR of Guatemala by the
Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 4 and 6 February 2009.
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.
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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Japan: 18 and 20 February 2009
Brazil: 9 and 11 March 2009
Fiji: 25 and 27 March 2009
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