Sierra Leone depends heavily on exports of diamonds, its dominant
activity accounting for more than 90% of total exports, and has joined
the Kimberley process of mandatory certificate-of-origin requirements
that has contributed to the considerable growth of registered diamonds
trade and the resulting fiscal revenue rise.
In 2003 Sierra Leone was the first WTO Member to benefit from a new
facility, the Trade Policy Clinics, to contribute to improving
transparency in domestic policies at national and multilateral level; in
November 2004 it was included in the Integrated Framework process. In
2005 the country will continue receiving technical assistance through
different programmes, workshops or seminars on a number of issues,
including negotiating techniques and meetings to promote awareness among
parliamentarians, in an effort to promote the country’s better
integration in the multilateral trading system.
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government, will be the basis for the Trade Policy
Review (TPR) by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO.
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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Qatar: 21 and 23 February 2005
Mongolia: 15 and 17 March 2005
Paraguay: 27 and 29 April 2005