trade policy review mechanism
Communication from the Chairperson of the Trade Policy Review Body
Qatar, Kingdom of Bahrain and Oman
Arrangements for Review Meeting
1. In pursuance of Article IV, paragraph 4 and Annex 3 of the WTO Agreement, a meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body is scheduled for 22 and 24 April 2014 to conduct the second review of the trade policies and practices of Qatar, the third review of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the second review of Oman (WTO/AIR/4264).
2. This communication sets out arrangements concerning the review meeting. In this connection, attention is also drawn to the procedures for the conduct of reviews contained in the rules of procedure of the Trade Policy Review Body (WT/TPR/6/Rev.3).
1 Questions in writing in advance of the meeting AND MAIN POINTS
3. Members wishing to submit written questions to the Members under review should do so at least two weeks before the review meeting to allow replies to be prepared in time for the first sessions of the meeting. For the forthcoming review, such questions should therefore be with the Trade Policies Review Division of the Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5.30 p.m., Tuesday 8 April 2014, at the latest.
4. In line with the results of the 4th Appraisal of the TPRM (WT/MIN(11)/6, paragraph 27.2.b and Annex 2), Members are reminded that they should group their written questions into the following three categories so as to facilitate responses: those related to the Secretariat report (with a reference to relevant paragraph numbers); those concerning the Government report (with a reference to relevant paragraph numbers); and other questions.