Tag: WTO

14th Year: Whither China’s GPA Accession?

China’s negotiations to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) have entered their 14th year, with little indication they will conclude anytime soon. While China has made significant progress in its GPA negotiations, the United States and

Reforming the WTO: EU Proposals

A consensus is developing among leading trading partners that the World Trade Organization needs reform, and needs it now, in part, to dissuade President Trump from carrying out his threat to pull the United States out of the organization. In a July 25

Implementation of Revised GPA

The revision of the GPA has entered into force — nearly 15 years after negotiations began. On April 6, 2014, the Parties to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) reached a major milestone with implementation of the revision of the GPA.  This

14 WTO Members Launch Environmental Goods Initiative

For update, see:  Launch of Environmental Goods Agreement Negotiations A new initiative aimed at free trade in environmental goods will be developed as a plurilateral agreement among  “like-minded” WTO Members. On January 24, 2014, the United States and

Time to Implement the Revised WTO Government Procurement Agreement

The upcoming WTO Ministerial in Bali can spur efforts to implement the revision of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.  The upcoming 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali in December provides a significant opportunity for the WTO Members that are