Tag: FTAs

UAE Agreements: Flexible Procurement Provisions

Beginning in 2022, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) implemented trade agreements with India, Israel, Indonesia, and Türkiye. In these agreements, the UAE has not insisted on uniform government procurement commitments. Rather, it has agreed to a broad range of

2023 Developments in International Procurement

In 2023, the liberalization of procurement markets generally outpaced domestic protectionism with some worrisome signs. Evidence of liberalization was seen in the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), which added its first new member in four years and

Domestic Content Requirements: Contrasting Treatment

The Biden administration has demonstrated that it can be flexible in carrying out its ‘Made in America’ agenda when necessary to accomplish other goals. This flexibility can be seen in its contrasting approaches to implementing domestic content

India-UAE FTA Advances Global Procurement

A free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with procurement commitments offers an encouraging counterpoint to the stalled WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). While the FTA draws extensively from the GPA’s

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

“Buy America” in Infrastructure Act: Trade Agreements

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which became law on November 15, 2021, imposes a new domestic preference on infrastructure projects undertaken by non-federal entities with federal financial assistance (grants). This post focuses on

China and CPTPP: Government Procurement

China formally applied for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in September 2021. In order for it to accede to that 11-member agreement, it will need to meet the CPTPP’s high government procurement standards.

Senate Infrastructure Package: “Buy America”

On August 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed an infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which authorizes $1 trillion in spending on a broad range of infrastructure projects. Its 69-30 vote was “overwhelmingly bipartisan.” The

Senators Urge Suspension of Compliance with Trade Pacts for Covid-19 Aid

A group of Senate Democrats has asked President Biden to suspend waivers of “Buy American and other domestic procurement preferences” for countries that are parties to trade agreements for procurement using Covid-19 funding. This post considers the role

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