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Cabo Verde

This page gathers key information on Cabo Verde's negotiations to join the WTO.  Cabo Verde became the 153rd WTO member on 23 July 2008.

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Cabo Verde's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 11/11/1999  WT/ACC/CPV/1
Accession Working Party established 17/07/2000  WT/GC/M/57
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  26/07/2001  WT/ACC/CPV/2  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
1st 07/2001 -
Mr. David P. Shark (United States)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Convening notice Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 26/03/2004
2nd 08/12/2004
3rd 14/07/2005 News item
4th 28/06/2007
5th 26/10/2007 News item
6th 06/12/2007 News item
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  01/07/2003  WT/ACC/CPV/3
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 10/02/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/7
25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/8
25/08/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/15
Factual Summary of Points Raised  25/10/2004 Informal circulation.
Additional Questions & Replies 13/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/19
15/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/20
11/10/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/23
16/05/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/24
26/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/26
29/08/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/28
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  29/06/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/4
Draft Report of the Working Party  08/11/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/5  (+  revisions)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  13/01/2004  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/1  (+  revisions)
13/01/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/4
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 13/01/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/6 
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 13/01/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/6 
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 13/01/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/5 
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 16/05/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/25 
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 26/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/27 
Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/12  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans  25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/9 (IP)  (+  revisions)
25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/10 (SPS)  (+  revisions)
25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/11 (TBT)  (+  revisions)
25/03/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/13 (on arbitration law)  (+  revisions)
06/04/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/14 (Customs Code)  (+  revisions)
12/07/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/21 (on commercial legislation)  (+  revisions)
20/07/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/22 (on revision of incentives to national production and to foreign investments)  (+  revisions)
19/10/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/29 (on subsidies)  (+  revisions)
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
10/02/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/7/Add.1
25/08/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/15/Add.1
25/08/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/15/Add.2
06/04/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/18
13/07/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/19/Add.1
15/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/20/Add.1
21/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/20/Add.2
29/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/20/Add.3
16/05/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/24/Add.1
13/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/24/Add.2
26/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/24/Add.4
19/10/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/28/Add.1
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
01/11/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/16
  •  Rates Table - Special Consumption Tax
24/11/2004  WT/ACC/CPV/17 (+  revisions)
  •  Checklist of documents
06/04/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/18
15/06/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/20/Add.1
07/07/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/17/Add.1  Checklist of documents
13/07/2005  WT/ACC/CPV/19/Add.1
14/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/24/Add.3  Information on Goods Subject to Non-Automatic Licensing
18/06/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/17/Rev.2  Checklist of documents
23/10/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/17/Rev.3  Checklist of documents
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  02/11/2004  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/2  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  01/11/2004  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/3  (+  revisions)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  22/11/2007  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/6 
Draft Services Schedule  29/11/2007  WT/ACC/SPEC/CPV/7 
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 18/12/2007  WT/L/715 News item / Overview of accession commitments
Protocol of Accession  18/12/2007  WT/L/715
Report of the Working Party 06/12/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/30
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  06/12/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/30/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  06/12/2007  WT/ACC/CPV/30/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Cabo Verde” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 23/06/2008  WT/LET/624
VIII. Date of Membership
  23/07/2008 153th Member News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
25th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.