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WTO Technical Policy Mission on Sudan's Recent Import Bans in the context of Accession Process - Mission de politique technique de l'OMC sur les récentes interdictions d'importation du Soudan dans le contexte du processus d'accession - Misión de política técnica de la OMC sobre las prohibiciones de importación recientes de Sudán en el contexto del proceso de adhesión

Khartoum's recent imposition of an import ban on 19 products has stalled the WTO accession process.  Although Sudan insists that this measure was necessary due to its severe BOP situation, Members have expressed serious concerns that it was a step backward in the WTO-consistent reforms pursued by Khartoum since the resumption of the accession process in July 2016.  The US, supported by the EU, has requested the Working Party Chairman to hold off the next meeting of Working Party, initially scheduled for March/April.


In order to facilitate resolving the impasse, the Secretariat has been urgently requested to visit Khartoum on 29 April – 4 May.  This request has been made directly by Ambassador Elamin, the Permanent Representative of Sudan, to Director-General Azevêdo, on 12 April.  During this meeting, the DG approved this urgent mission and urged Sudan to utilize the presence of the Secretariat to the maximum. 

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Notes/Key results
2. Acceding governments are participating in accession negotiations
Level of Activity: Not specified
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Project Number SDN18/1
Trade Category Accession
Dates 29/04/2018 - 04/05/2018
Reporting Agency World Trade Organization (WTO)
Implementing Agencies / Countries World Trade Organization (WTO)
Cooperating Agencies Sudan
Host Country Sudan
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