A report on the trade policies and practices of Maldives, released
January 17 by the WTO Secretariat, says that continued structural
reforms, including trade and investment liberalization, and the
pursuit of privatization could strengthen competition, thereby
improving the economy’s efficiency.
a net food-importing least developed country (LDC) , faces major
challenges such as lack of diversification of its economy, which makes
it vulnerable to external factors affecting tourism and traditional
fishing, escalating fiscal deficits and possible graduation from LDC
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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.
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Salvador: 3, 5 February 2003
Canada: 12, 14 March 2003
Burundi: 2, 4 April 2003