The report notes the high level of protection still in place for
agriculture. It stresses that continued structural and trade reforms,
including further privatizations, MFN tariff reductions (on agricultural
goods in particular) and reduction in the gap between bound and applied
tariff rates, would enhance predictability and transparency of the trade
regime; further reforms of import duties would enhance adherence by
Israel to its WTO commitments.
The report also highlights Israel’s unilateral lifting of its general
prohibition on imports from WTO Members that have no diplomatic
relations with it or prohibit imports from Israel, a move that the
authorities hope will be appreciated and reciprocated.
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.
- Secretariat report
> Contents and summary observations (10 pages,
> Economic environment (10 pages,
> Trade and investment regimes (11 pages,
> Trade policies and practices by measure
(38 pages, 669KB)
> Trade policies by sector
(35 pages, 609KB)
> Appendix tables (35 pages,
- Government report (16 pages,
- Revisions of the above documents may be issued approximately
2 weeks after the meeting.
- Chairperson's concluding remarks
of the meeting are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting.
- Questions and answers by WTO Members are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting.
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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
Genčve 21 and through the
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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Angola: 14 and 16 February 2006
Djibouti: 27 February and 1 March 2006
United States: 13 and 15 March 2006