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The agreement was revised in March 2012 and also expanded the supply it covers. It entered into force on 6 April 2014, following the achievement of the acceptance threshold by two-thirds of the Contracting Parties on 7 March 2014. It has no expiration date. To be covered by the GPA, public procurement must meet minimum value thresholds. These vary according to the nature of the procuring entity and the contract. The current thresholds are available in the table of thresholds (offline link) published by the WTO. The text of the agreement contains rules that must ensure an open, fair and transparent playing field in public procurement. However, these rules do not automatically apply to all purchasing activities of each party. On the contrary, hedging plans play a decisive role in determining whether or not a purchasing activity is covered by the agreement. Only procurement activities carried out by classified entities that purchase listed goods, services or works whose value exceeds the thresholds set are covered by the agreement. These schedules are accessible to the public here.

Where a signatory government considers that the rights of another signatory are abrogated or affected by another signatory, it may request the opening of dispute settlement procedures within the WTO in order to resolve the problem. The WTO dispute settlement procedure is described in the EXPORT GUIDE for the WTO. The Review Body on Bid Challenges is a body created by the parties to allow suppliers to challenge irregular government tenders. [5] These bodies are independent and strive to deal with each case promptly. The review body is also empowered to recommend interim emergency measures, which may be recommended in the following days, when an examination body finds a case of a challenge to the offer. [6] The GPA is a plurilateral agreement that applies only to WTO members that have agreed to be bound by it. In accordance with the Agreement, each signatory (generally referred to as a „Contracting Party”) defines in a „coverage plan” the procurement activities governed by the Agreement. A Party is only obliged not to discriminate against goods, services and suppliers from other Contracting Parties, but not from non-Contracting Parties. Any enterprise of a signatory country that wishes to sell goods or services covered by the GPA to a procuring entity of another signatory country listed in Annex I to the GPA may benefit from this Agreement. The World Trade Organization estimates that the value of government procurement covered by the agreement is worth several hundred billion dollars a year. The WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) is a „plurilateral” agreement, meaning it applies to a number of WTO members, but not to all members.

The GPA contains a number of provisions to ensure the transparency, efficiency and fairness of tendering procedures for public procurement in signatory countries. . . .