The WTO Public Procurement Agreement is a “multilateral” agreement that means it applies to a number of WTO members, but not all members. covered contract in which the supplier participated or participated. The rules of procedure for all challenges are set in writing and made accessible to all. On March 30, 2012, the parties to the GPA adopted a review of the GPA. The revised agreement expands the markets covered by the GPA to provide U.S. products, services and suppliers with new opportunities to participate in centralized and sub-centralized procurement in other GPA parties. The revised agreement also provides for a substantial improvement in the text of the treaty by modernising the text to take into account current procurement practices and to clarify its commitments. The revised agreement enters into force for the parties who accepted it on the 30th day after it was tabled by two-thirds of the parties to the current agreement and, subsequently, for each of the parties that accept it on the 30th day following its adoption. 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 full text of the WTO Public Procurement Agreement is available in the Office of Trade Agreements and Compliance of Compliance database. Canada is also working on the entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). Click here for an overview of the public procurement section and for the text of the public procurement chapter containing Canada`s market access offer and the EU market access offer. However, these rules do not automatically apply to all purchasing activities of each party. On the contrary, hedging schedules play a key role in determining whether or not a buying activity is covered by the agreement. Only purchase activities carried out by listed companies that purchase goods, services or listed works above the specified thresholds are covered by the agreement. These calendars are open to the public. The revised text of the GPA is generally based on the same principles as the original agreement, i.e.
non-discrimination, transparency and procedural fairness, and contains the same main elements as the 1994 GPA text. Nevertheless, the revised text improves the 1994 GPA in many respects. 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.