Agreement on Government Procurement

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The parties to the GPA:
  Parties
  Observers negotiating accession
  Observers only

The Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) is a plurilateral agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that entered into force in 1996. It regulates the government procurement of goods and services by the public authorities of the parties to the agreement, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination.

The GPA was negotiated in parallel with the Uruguay Round in 1994, and entered into force on 1 January 1996.

Parties[edit]

The following WTO Members are parties to the agreement:[1]

Parties Accession date
The European Union with respect to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom 1 January 1996
Israel 1 January 1996
Japan 1 January 1996
Norway 1 January 1996
Switzerland 1 January 1996
United States 1 January 1996
The Netherlands with respect to Aruba 25 October 1996
Korea 1 January 1997
Hong Kong, China 19 June 1997
Liechtenstein 18 September 1997
Singapore 20 October 1997
Iceland 28 April 2001
The European Union with respect to Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia 1 May 2004
The European Union with respect to Bulgaria and Romania 1 January 2007
Chinese Taipei 15 July 2009
Armenia 15 September 2011

The following WTO Members have obtained observer status with respect to the GPA, with those marked with an asterisk (*) negotiating accession: Albania*, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Cameroon, Chile, China*, Colombia, Croatia, Georgia*, India, Indonesia, Jordan*, Kyrgyz Republic*, Malaysia, Moldova*, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand*, Oman*, Panama*, Russian Federation*, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine*, Viet Nam.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parties and observers to the GPA". WTO. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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