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.
Morocco has taken steps to liberalize its
economic sectors, in particular key services. It has reduced the level of its
average tariff protection by 13.2 percentage points to 20.2%. However, Morocco
still imposes some tariffs at rates higher than the bound levels, and maintains
a VAT regime that does not respect the principle of national treatment.
The report notes that a taxation reform,
including the simplification of the tariff structure through the elimination of
variable duties, and a reduction of the number and levels of rates, particularly
in the agricultural sector, would help Morocco to fully honour its multilateral
commitments and would further simplify its trade regime.
Improved commitments under the GATS would
enable Morocco to consolidate its reforms in areas such as tourism and
telecommunications, where its commitments fall short of the liberalization
efforts already achieved.
The report, along with a policy statement
by the Government of Morocco, will be the basis for the fourth Trade Policy
Review (TPR) of Morocco by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 24 and 26
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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Guyana: 8 and 10 July 2009
Zambia: 27 and 29 July 2009
Chile: 7 and 9 October 2009
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