The report stresses that Rwanda needs considerable technical
assistance from the international community to build capacity in trade
negotiations, to integrate trade into its development strategy, to
transcribe its pre-Uruguay Round tariff commitments into the Harmonized
System, and to effectively implement the WTO Agreements, particularly in
the areas of customs valuation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures,
technical barriers to trade and trade-related aspects of intellectual
The reforms, together with assistance from the international community,
and enhancement of Rwanda’s multilateral commitments on both goods and
services, should contribute to improving the transparency and
predictability of the country’s trade regime, and should attract the
capital needed to diversify its economy, the present lack of
diversification having left Rwanda vulnerable to external shocks,
including international market fluctuations.
The WTO Secretariat report notes that in addition to providing technical
assistance, the partner countries could help Rwanda in its unilateral
reconstruction efforts, inter alia, eliminating practices which affect
the markets for products of interest to Rwanda and by guaranteeing
broader and more stable access to their markets.
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.
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 on-line
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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Norway: 11 and 13 October 2004
European Union: 25 and 27 October 2004
Jamaica: 8 and 10 November 2004