Niger’s macroeconomic stabilization programme and structural reforms ,
in particular trade policy changes carried out within the West African
Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), should start producing benefits in
the medium term, according to a report on the trade policies and
practices of Niger released on 24 September by the WTO Secretariat.
The report notes that Niger, a vulnerable Least-Developed Country, whose
economic growth depends above all on developments in agriculture, has
established, as major objectives of its economic policy, the
stabilization of government finance and the opening up of the economy to
The report, which prioritises technical assistance and capacity building
needs, calls for greater participation of Niger and its WAEMU partners
in the multilateral trading system to avoid finding themselves on the
margins of the negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda. It also
says that Niger could consider diversifying its mineral exports and
finding outlets for its exports of agricultural or livestock products,
handicrafts or services.
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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.
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Honduras: 29 September, 1 October 2003
Bulgaria: 15, 17 October 2003
Guyana: 29, 31 October 2003