The report notes that sustainable economic growth in Sri Lanka
requires major macroeconomic, structural and institutional reforms ,
including in areas of taxation, state-ownership, the financial system
and basic infrastructure. These reforms, and further opening of the
economy, would contribute to export growth and diversification.
The report also notes that the inefficient delivery of key services,
such as telecommunications, financial services and transport, has
burdened the economy as a whole, and the modernization of the services
sector is essential to improving the economy's productivity.
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government of Sri Lanka, will be the basis for the
second Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Sri Lanka by the Trade Policy Review
Body of the WTO on 3 and 5 March 2004.
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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Rwanda: 10 and 12 May 2004
Singapore: 14 and 16 June 2004
Benin/Burkina Faso/Mali: 28 and 30 June 2004