The WTO secretariat provides technical assistance to assist WTO members in developing countries wishing to learn more about the GPA and/or to include the GPA. Where appropriate and desired by the candidate countries, other intergovernmental organisations (e.g. B regional development banks) or governance institutions may also provide technical assistance for accession to the GPA. 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. “This is a positive outcome for Australia, for surrogacy parties and for the multilateral trading system,” said Australian Ambassador Frances Lisson. We thank all parties to the GPA for their active and constructive engagement and support. Our final market access offer is economically sound and ambitious. It provides comprehensive coverage of entities at the central and sub-central level of government, including all major government authorities, and is one of the best levels of service coverage among the GPA parties. “Accession to the GPA is limited to WTO members who have expressly signed or subsequently acceded to the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States strongly encourages all WTO members to participate in this important agreement. Several countries, including China, Russia and the Kyrgyz Republic, are negotiating accession to the GPA. The objective of the Agreement is to open up government procurement markets between its parties, in accordance with the principles of reciprocity.
Following several rounds of negotiations, the parties to the GPA have procurement activities estimated at $1.7 trillion per year for international competition (i.e. B suppliers of parties to the GPA who provide goods, services or construction services). Preliminary calculations indicate that Australia`s total government procurement is worth AUD 110 billion ($78 billion) per year, meaning that Australia`s accession will significantly complement the current government procurement market under the agreement. Russia reported on the ongoing work on the sub-central agencies that will be covered by its forthcoming revised offer and the update of its legislation on government procurement. The parties stressed Russia`s active commitment to submit documents and respond to comments and urged Moscow to significantly improve the coverage of its proposed government agencies in a revised offer to be distributed “as soon as possible”. Under Article V of the revised GPA, a developing country may negotiate, in the accession process, special and differential treatment for developing countries, in the form of transitional measures such as compensation, preferential tariff programmes, initially higher thresholds and the gradual introduction of institutions into the accession process, subject to the agreement of the other Parties and the development needs of the acceding country. Australia already has a high-quality public procurement system that is open, competitive and in line with the principles of the GPA. The GPA is an important international trade agreement that will open the door for Australian companies to public procurement valued at more than $1.7 trillion. Australia`s participation in the GPA guarantees our exporters and service providers the right to compete on an equal footing in many major foreign supply markets. . .