> Press release:
The WTO encourages Tunisia to continue its reforms
But the reforms have not substantially liberalized trade, according to
the report, and the strategy to promote exports, while heavily
protecting enterprises that supply the local market, has created a
dualism within the economy, between an export sector, strongly
supported, and a domestic sector that is still heavily protected.
Tunisia’s trade regime remains generally protectionist. Its
participation in different preferential trade agreements further
complicates the regime. The report notes that the simplification of the
tariff structure, including the reduction of the rates, should enable
Tunisia to adhere more closely to the principles of the WTO. Such
reforms, together with further improvement of Tunisia's tariff binding
commitments, should make its trade regime more transparent and
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 (11 pages,
> Trade and investment regimes (12 pages,
> Trade policies and practices by measure
(46 pages, 1372KB)
> Analysis of trade policy and
practice, by sector
(39 pages, 576KB)
> Appendix tables (16 pages,
- Government report (20 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
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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Guinea: 12 and 14 October 2005
Bolivia: 1 and 3 November 2005
Romania: 28 and 30 November 2005