Government Leaves The Poorest Countries Outside

Ten years ago, KrF introduced scheme "zero for LDCs", which would give the least developed countries (LDCs) duty-free access to the Norwegian market. The scheme was later expanded to include some low-income countries under the Norwegian tariff preference program (GSP). The goal was to lead a trade policy in order to support development. Giving the poorest countries priority in the Norwegian tariff system was aiming to provide them with market access without competing with the wealthiest middle-income countries and major food manufacturers.

"In recent years, the coalition government, however, neglected the scheme and applied a number of restrictions on exports to Norway from some GSP countries, although it was a chance for poor countries to build up an export industry and thus have a better economy that is less dependent on aid", said KrF deputy.

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