Gpa Global Procurement Agreement


Jordan applied for GPA membership in 2000, submitted its initial offer in February 2003 and, following negotiations with the GPA parties in September 2008, a third updated revised offer. Jordan is currently updating its legal framework and procurement systems to the requirements of the GPA. The conclusion of Jordan`s accession is an important priority for the GPA committee in 2009. In accordance with Article V of the revised GPA, specific and differentiated treatment of developing countries can be negotiated in the form of transitional measures such as offsets, tariff preference programmes, higher thresholds and the gradual introduction of enterprises by a developing candidate country in the accession process, subject to the agreement of the other parties and the development needs of the member. Free trade negotiations between the EU and Libya began in September 2008. Both sides are working to apply public procurement rules that go beyond the text of the WTO ACCORD, as the EU proposes gradual and reciprocal access to building concessions and the use of the wider EU definition of the procurement sector. Negotiations are ongoing. The revised GPA, which came into force on 6 April 2014, is attracting increasing attention around the world, but the liberalisation of public procurement is not a completely new idea. Within the OECD, efforts have been made at an early stage to ensure that public procurement is subject to internationally accepted trade rules. The case was then included in the Tokyo trade negotiations under the GATT in 1976. The following WTO members are parties to the 1994 agreement:[3] With regard to the rules for awarding procedures [22], Mexico applies the relevant provisions of nafta [23], while the EU applies the 1994 GPA provision.

We believe that independent membership of the GPA is an essential part of the UK`s future trade policy. It is important that the United Kingdom continue to have fair and competitive access to the $1.7 trillion annual procurement market opened under the GPA, and that it has a voice in the development of the rules that underpin the system. To be covered by the GPA, public procurement must meet minimum value thresholds.

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