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.
Senegal’s economic growth has been mainly
attributable to the expansion in telecommunications and transport services
together with construction, boosted by the relatively large flow of public and
private investment. Niger’s economic performance is still determined by the
outcome of its harvests, much of its economic activities being agricultural,
including livestock breeding.
The report notes the efforts undertaken by both countries for economic
integration in the frames of WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union)
and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States). Nonetheless,
considerable structural problems, including supply-side constraints and limited
diversification, still impede the economic development of Niger and Senegal.
The report also underlines the importance of external aid and technical
assistance to enable the two countries to strengthen their WTO commitments, take
greater advantage of their participation in the multilateral trading system and
support their strategy aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals in
particular the reduction of poverty.
The report, along with policy statements by the Governments of Niger and
Senegal, will be the basis for the second Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Niger and
the third of Senegal by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 11 and 13
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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Georgia: 8 and 10 December 2009
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