Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Norway’s trade policy in the WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) carries out regular reviews of member countries’ trade policies. This week the focus is on Norway. Norway has received close to 300 written comments and specific questions from other WTO member countries.

 

“Transparency is essential for ensuring greater predictability for all those involved in trade and economic activity across national borders. Norway actively supports the review system. We wish to set an example by being as open and clear about our own trade policy as possible,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.  

The Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) allows other WTO member countries to ask questions of the country under review. Norway has received close to 300 written comments and specific questions from other WTO countries. Replies to these questions have been provided in writing. Both questions and answers can be read here

Certain topics have generated particularly strong interest. These include issues such as state ownership in the Norwegian business sector, agricultural policy, the EEA Agreement as well as the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP scheme) and market access to Norway for developing countries.   

The same applies to Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and its role, as well as to regulations governing work permits and the approval of qualifications and education. 

“We look forward to discussing these issues with other WTO member countries,” said Mr Eide. 

The WTO conducts regular reviews of member countries’ trade policies. Norway’s trade policy is examined every four years on the basis of a report prepared by the WTO Secretariat on developments in all policy areas of relevance to trade and investment flows. Almost all the Norwegian ministries have provided input to the report. The Norwegian authorities have also prepared a shorter report on selected topics related to trade policy.  

The review will be concluded at a meeting in Geneva on 9–11 October. Norway’s opening statement to the trade policy review meeting is available here

All the documents related to the review will be published on the WTO website in due course.

 

Related news

Latest news

Record-breaking Aqua Nor!

Aqua Nor 2017 closed its doors after four fantastic days. The final count showed that no less than 27 110 visitors had found their way to the exhibition. This represents an increase of over 30% compared to Aqua Nor 2015.

CLOUD COMPUTING, FISHTALK & AKVA CONNECT - SOLUTIONS & AMBITIONS

In partnership with key customers, 

Students design autonomous containers to disrupt sea freight of aquaculture products

Along with eight other graduates, he has developed SEAtrue, 

DNV GL applies data analytics techniques to reduce downtime

“We’ve seen similar results in several other digitalization initiatives we’ve had lately. 

DNV GL and Siemens lead the way in asset lifecycle management for the oil and gas industry

In collaboration with Siemens, 

Eimskip strengthens its worldwide forwarding services by acquiring the logistics company SHIP-LOG A/S in Denmark

Eimskip has strengthened its position in worldwide logistics services by acquiring 75% of the freight forwarding company SHIP-LOG. 

For Sale Assets from the former BMV LAKSEVÄG YARD in Bergen, Norway!

For Sale Assets from the former BMV LAKSEVÄG YARD in Bergen, Norway! The entire shipbuilding and fabricating facility is closing and more than 500 lots is on sale.

Servogear CPP for Seasight II - Future of the Fjords

We are proud to announce that Servogear has been chosen for the delivery of Servogear...

TechnipFMC Signs Agreement with Pall to Supply Slurry Oil Filtration Systems for Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units

The associated activities will be managed by TechnipFMC Process Technology’s center in Houston,