Wto Plurilateral Agreement On Government Procurement

The WTO Public Procurement Agreement is a “multilateral” agreement that means it applies to a number of WTO members, but not all members. The revised GPA, which came into force on 6 April 2014, is attracting increasing attention around the world, but the liberalisation of public procurement is not a completely new idea. Within the OECD, efforts have been made at an early stage to ensure that public procurement is subject to internationally accepted trade rules. The case was then included in the Tokyo trade negotiations under the GATT in 1976. The full text of the revised GPA and the new annexes that list the public procurement covered by all parties to the GPA are available in amp-113. The GPA is a multi-lateral agreement within the WTO framework, which means that not all WTO members are parties to the agreement. Currently, the agreement consists of 20 parties, with 48 WTO members. Thirty-six WTO members/observers participate in the GPA committee as observers. Of these, 12 members are in the process of joining the agreement. The following WTO members are parties to the 1994 agreement:[3] The agreement was originally established in 1979 as the Tokyo Round Code on Government Procurement[1], which came into force in 1981 under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

[2] It was then renegotiated in parallel with the 1994 Uruguay Round and this version came into force on 1 January 1996. The agreement was then revised on March 30, 2012. The revised MPA came into effect on July 6, 2014. [2] GPA membership is limited to WTO members who have expressly signed or subsequently joined the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States urges all WTO members to participate in this important agreement. Several countries, including China, Jordan and Moldova, are negotiating GPA membership. The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) requires that open, fair and transparent conditions of competition be guaranteed for public procurement. To this end, the text of the agreement contains general principles and detailed procedural requirements that the parties to the GPA must apply to covered purchasing activities. In order to ensure open, fair and transparent conditions of competition in public procurement, a number of WTO members negotiated the Public Procurement Agreement (GPA). On March 30, 2012, the parties to the GPA adopted a review of the GPA. The revised agreement expands the public procurement covered by the GPA to provide services to the United States.

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