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 notes the problem of the
Zambian economy’s increasing dependence on mining —copper now accounts for over
75% of total exports, up from 65% in 2002— and stresses the need for progress on
structural reforms to diversify the economy and reduce dependence on natural
Zambia’s relatively open trade policy has remained substantially unchanged
during the review period, although the continuing large gap between the average
applied MFN tariff rate (13%) and the bound rate (105%), and the absence of
bindings for over 83% of tariff lines, tend to create a degree of
unpredictability for traders, according to the report.
The report, along with a policy statement by the Government of Zambia, will be
the basis for the third Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Zambia by the Trade Policy
Review Body of the WTO on 27 and 29 of July 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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Chile: 7 and 9 October 2009
Maldives: 26 and 28 October 2009
Southern African Customs Union (SACU): 4 and 6 November 2009
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