Tag: China

Preferences and Unilateral Measures in Public Procurement

A paper examines how preferences and unilateral measures impacting procurement are creating tensions in the international trading system. These measures are extending beyond the procurement sector and its international disciplines. They are being

EU Gains New Trade Tool: Anti-Coercion Instrument

The European Union (EU) is adding a new tool to its defensive trade measures that will allow it to retaliate against countries trying to coerce it or its member states to take certain action.  In June, its co-legislative institutions – the

A New Book on International Procurement

Newly published by Dalston Press  The International Procurement System: Liberalization & Protectionism  by Jean Heilman Grier International Procurement. The agreements that support it.   The institutions that sustain it.  Its

EU Adopts Procurement Reciprocity Regulation

After a decade-long effort, the European Union (EU) in June adopted a new trade tool aimed at achieving reciprocity by opening third-country public procurement markets and improving market access opportunities for EU suppliers, goods, and services. The new

2021 International Procurement Review

This post surveys major actions in 2021 in the international procurement arena. It begins with agreements that are aimed at liberalizing procurement markets. It then looks at measures that are focused on protecting domestic procurement markets or restricting

2021 Milestones for WTO Procurement Pacts

The year 2021 marks two important milestones for government procurement agreements in the international arena. One is the 40th anniversary of the implementation – in 1981 – of the first international procurement agreement: the GATT Code on

New “Made in America” Waiver Website

The Biden administration has inaugurated a new Made in America website with information on waivers of the Buy American Act and other “Made in America” laws. This website lists current waivers that the newly established Made in America office has

EU Advances Measure to Force Open Foreign Procurement

The European Union is once again moving forward with a long-stalled proposed procurement regulation. It would allow the EU to close procurement or impose penalties when countries do not open their government procurement to EU companies. At the end of May,

Procurement Developments in 2020

A paper, Converging Procurement Systems: Developments in 2020, presented at the annual Thomas Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review Conference in February, examined key developments in the international procurement arena in 2020. They

RCEP: Very Modest Procurement Provisions

Fifteen Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN members, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on November 15, after eight years of negotiations. Following the Trans-Pacific