The Secretariat’s report notes that Mali, one of the poorest of the
least developed countries (LDCs), would increase the confidence of
economic operators by completing the reforms under way and continuing
its efforts to tackle the obstacles to governance. Although the
authorities recognize the central role of trade as the basis for private
sector development, the competitiveness of Mali’s goods and services is
affected by the country’s landlocked situation and the high cost of
inputs such as energy, water, communications, credit, and transport. One
of the most significant obstacles to Mali’s economic development remains
the lack of financial services.
Mali is among the sponsors of the sectoral initiative in favour of
cotton at the WTO, whose aim is to eliminate the producer support
policies and export subsidies that have led to generally declining
prices on world cotton markets. Cotton is the principal cash crop for
Mali’s farmers, although gold has displaced cotton as the country’s top
Mali is receiving trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) through the
WTO to increase the capacity of government officials to participate in
the WTO, and in particular the negotiations under the Doha Development
Agenda. In addition, Mali is a beneficiary of the Integrated Framework
and JITAP (Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Programme).
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government of Mali, will be the basis for the second
Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Mali by the Trade Policy Review Body of the
WTO on 28 and 30 June 2004, which will take place at the same time as
the review of Burkina Faso and Benin.
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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Belize/Suriname: 12 and 14 July
European Union: 21 and 23 July 2004
Republic of Korea: 15 and 17 September 2004