The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) is a multi-lateral agreement, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which governs the purchase of goods and services by the public authorities of the contracting parties, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. When a undersigned government feels that its rights under this agreement are nullified or compromised by another signatory, it may request the initiation of WTO dispute settlement procedures to resolve the issue. The WTO dispute settlement procedure is described in the exporter`s guide to the WTO dispute settlement agreement. Please note that the CETA text is presented here for informational purposes. The text presented in this document is such that it comes at the end of the negotiations between Canada and the EU. It will be subject to a legal review, a process that will also allow formatting. After the legal review and formatting, the full text becomes mandatory at the end of the ratification process, both by Canada and the EU. GPA membership is limited to WTO members who have specifically signed or subsequently joined the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States urges all WTO members to participate in this important agreement. Several countries, including China, Jordan and Moldova, are negotiating GPA membership. 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 following WTO members are contracting parties to the 1994 agreement: 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 field and here for the text of the public procurement chapter with The Canadian market access offer and the EU market access offer. Back to the text The signatories of the GPA agreed that companies from other signatory countries will be no less favourable to public procurement than domestic enterprises, in accordance with the principles of non-treatment and non-discrimination. Locally created businesses are no less well treated because they are of foreign origin or because the goods and services they offer are of foreign origin. This appendix does not apply to the acquisition of seedling production. The agreement was revised in March 2012 and contracting frameworks were expanded. It came into force on April 6, 2014, after reaching the two-thirds acceptance threshold of the parties on March 7, 2014. There is no expiration date. Yes, yes.
If you are having difficulty selling goods or services to purchase entities from a government undersigned because that government has not complied with that agreement, contact the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance tender line. The Center can help you understand your rights under this agreement, and can notify relevant U.S. government officials to help you resolve your issue. The U.S. government may, if necessary, raise the specific facts of your situation with the government of the other country concerned and ask the officials of that government to reconsider the matter. As a last resort, the U.S. government can invoke the WTO dispute settlement process.