The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has started its first review of Saudi Arabia’s trade policies since the kingdom joined the trade body in 2005.

The review will last from 25-27 January and is part of the WTO’s periodic assessments of the trade policies of its members. Saudi Arabia joined the WTO in November 2005, after 12 years of talks. Membership requires the liberalisation of trade and certain sectors of the economy.

Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah is leading the Saudi delegation in meetings with WTO officials.