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.
Among the structural measures taken by
the Government was the relaxation of restrictions on foreign investment in
services, a reflection of the authorities' efforts to promote the services
sector with the goal of increasing services' share of GDP from around half to
60% by 2020, and reduce reliance on manufactured exports.
The report says that a more liberal trade and investment regime, as has recently
been adopted in services, would contribute greatly to Malaysia's long-term
economic growth. It also says that an early recovery of the Malaysian economy
depends not only on prudent macroeconomic policies but also on structural
reforms, like promoting competition, and further liberalization in the services
sector and moving up the value chain in manufacturing.
The report, along with policy statement by the Government of Malaysia, will be
the basis for the fifth Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Malaysia by the Trade
Policy Review Body of the WTO on 25 and 27 January 2010.
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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El Salvador: 10 and 12 February
Croatia: 24 and 26 March 2010
Armenia: 6 and 8 April 2010
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