Tag: Revised GPA

Government Procurement in the WTO 2015

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A paper, Government Procurement in the WTO (2015), prepared for the Institute of International Economic Law’s 10th Annual Academy of WTO Law & Policy is available in the Djaghe White Papers library. The paper is a substantial expansion and update

WTO e-GPA Portal: User-Friendly Access to GPA Information

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The WTO has launched a Government Procurement Market Access Information Resource, the e-GPA portal. This user-friendly website provides a single point of access to the market access information under the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), as

2014 International Procurement Developments

In 2014, the major developments in international procurement centered on the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. In 2014, the implementation of a major revision of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) was the most significant development. In

UPDATED: WTO Government Procurement Agreement


Exclusion of government procurement from multilateral trade agreements: Government procurement is excluded from the national treatment obligations in both the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which covers goods, and the WTO General Agreement on

Revised GPA: Windows into Parties’ Procurement Systems


As discussed in an earlier posting, the first revision of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) was implemented in April 2014. To date, 12 parties (Canada, the European Union, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Netherlands with

Ukraine: Time to Join the GPA?

Joining the GPA would strengthen Ukraine’s procurement system and buttress its efforts to fight corruption. In a recent article (June 14, 2014), the Economist reported on efforts in Ukraine to reverse the “runaway corruption” that characterized the rule

WTO Services Agreement and Its Government Procurement Component


The WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) opens the government procurement of 43 WTO members, slightly more than one-quarter of the 160 WTO members. Its application is limited to the WTO members that join it and its benefits accrue only to those members.

Comprehensive Coverage of Central Government Procurement in TTIP?

In the TTIP negotiations, the U.S. and EU should consider exchanging comprehensive coverage of procurement of their central government entities. The negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) provide an opportunity for the

Buy American Requirements in Federal Financial Assistance to Sub-federal Entities

The U.S. has used different approaches in its procurement agreements with regard to domestic purchasing requirements attached to federal funds. A recent posting examined U.S. treatment of “buy American” requirements that apply to federal government

Trade Agreements Act of 1979: Broad Authority, Narrow Application

Although the Trade Agreements Act provides the President with broad authority to waive discriminatory purchasing requirements, in practice the waiver has limited application. Under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and free trade agreements