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Trade Policy of Suriname - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to Suriname's national trade policy. Government trade policy overviews, national development strategy papers as well as information on agreements, regulations, standards, and the investment climate have also been presented in this section.
Suriname's trade policy is clearly not developed in isolation, but rather within a regional and global trade context. Over the years, the number of commitments derived from participation in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as CARICOM, and other regional trade fora has increased. As such, documents that provide some insight into these regional and global policy frameworks have been included.

National Trade Policy
"Suriname is opening up to international trade. Reforms are improving the competitiveness of Suriname’s economy and the business sector has adjusted to the competition brought forth by Suriname’s membership of the CARICOM. The traditional dependence on agricultural exports to the European Union (EU) and on minerals is no longer a viable long-term strategy. Efforts are being made to develop manufacturing and service industries. Suriname became a member of CARICOM as an effort to integrate the economy into the region."
Goverment Report to the WTO 2004

General Policy Documents
Main Policy Documents
Multi-Annual Development Plan 2001-2005
National Planning Office

Social Policy Framework
Social Policy Framework, 2001
Legal Framework
External Trade Agreements

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Commercial Guide
Trade Regulations & Standards, 2003
Investment Climate, 2003
US Department of Commerce
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Trade Policy Review, 2004
Government Report Government of Suriname
Structure of Trade Policy WTO Secretariat Report
Policies by Sector WTO Secretariat Report
Policies and Practices by Measure WTO Secretariat Report

Other Trade Policy Documents
Trade Sector Facility Profile: Suriname, 2004 Inter-American Development Bank

Regional & Global Context
  Suriname is a member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM). Suriname has participated in the WTO since January 1995.

  Regional Level

Background Information, Legal Framework, External Agreements, On-going Negotiations, and more information.

  Global Level
  The World Trade Organisation-WTO
Understanding the WTO, The Agreements, Settlling Disputes, Cross-Cutting and New Issues, The Doha Agenda, Developing Countries, The Organization.

► Other International Organisations
Reports & Country Strategies on Suriname
Doing Business, 2009
World Bank
EU - Aid for Trade Monitoring Report, 2008
World Trade Organisation
CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agrmt
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2007-2008
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2006-2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2008
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2006
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2003
Staff for the 2004 Consultation with Suriname
Suriname Country Profile, 2002
UN Commission on Sustainable Development
World Bank Country Strategy, 2001
LAC, World Bank

Relevant Publications
On Suriname
Suriname: Towards Stability and Growth (IMF), 2009
EC Country Strategy, 2008
Breaking from Isolation: Suriname's Participation in Regional Integration Initiatives, 2001 Jessen, A and Katona, A
Suriname - European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2001 Government of Suriname and EU Commission
Structural Change and Long-Term Growth: The Suriname Experience, 2001 Van Dijck, A.
The Poverty Eradication Program Plan of Suriname, 2001 James, V.

On Trade Policy
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2009
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2008
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2007
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2006
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2005
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2004
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2003

On the Regional and Global Context
Taccone, J. and Nogueira, U (coordinators), 2002: CARICOM Report
Barclay, L; Henry, R and James, V, 2001: Trade Policy and Caribbean Development
Bernal, R: Globalisation and Small Developing Countries (source: CRNM website)
Dos Santos, P and Bain, L, 2004: Survey of the Caribbean Tax Systems
More Information
  Off-site links to:
Government of Suriname
Specialised Governmental Agencies
Business and Other Organisations
Regional and International Organisations