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 highlights the need for a
reform and simplification of the complex tariff structure together with its
exemption schemes, something that would promote economic efficiency, reduce
administrative costs, and possibly raise more tariff revenues. It also stresses
the vital role of trade facilitation measures to help reduce Malawi’s high cost
Members of Trade Policy Review Body (TRRB) appreciated that Malawi has remained
on the path of reform and has not retreated from its open policy stance despite
the global financial crisis. They also noted the administrative difficulties
foreign investors occasionally had in Malawi and encouraged Malawi to further
improve the business environment in the country. It was also noted that Malawi
needs to continue modernizing its trade-related legislation to align it with WTO
obligations, as well as international best practices. Malawi informed Members of
the TPRB that a comprehensive review of commercial and trade-related laws is
underway. Members also reminded Malawi of its WTO notification obligations, to
ensure the transparency of its trading regime.
The report, along with a policy statement by the Government of Malawi, was the
basis for the second Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Malawi by the Trade Policy
Review Body of the WTO on 9 and 11 of June 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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