The report notes that further liberalization of trade and investment, driven both by their commitments in the WTO, and by their participation in regional trade agreements, have been major features in this process. But the report also adds that EAC countries' membership in overlapping trade arrangements makes their trade regime complex, difficult to manage, and is likely to limit the proper functioning of the EAC as a customs union.
According to the report, more attention needs to be paid to non-tariff measures in the full establishment of the EAC customs union (its free-trade-area and common trade-measure components). In addition, continued structural reforms and additional trade liberalization by EAC members would contribute to better resource allocation.
The report also calls for an improvement of EAC members' multilateral commitments, both on goods and services. Such efforts will improve their ability to attract investment and improve their business climate.
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 (38 pages, 516KB)
> Annex 1: Kenya (98 pages, 2182KB)
> Annex 2: Tanzania (82 pages, 1338KB)
> Annex 3: Uganda (27 pages, 1326KB)
- Government report (47 pages, 473KB)
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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
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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Colombia : 22 and 24 November 2006
Hong Kong , China : 13 and 15 December 2006
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