Multilateral Disciplines on Services Procurement: Architectural Challenges Under GATS

The Journal of World Investment & Trade, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp. 975-996, 2006

25 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2007 Last revised: 27 Nov 2007

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Shin-yi Peng

National Tsing Hua University

Abstract

This article concentrates on the services dimension of public procurement. The main purpose of this study is to explore the three fundamental questions: 'Is it applicable'; 'Is it necessary'; and 'Is it feasible'' This article argues that GATS Article XIII contains a general mandate. Nevertheless, there is little justification for treating procurement of services in isolation in terms of transparency. Measures affecting trade in services may be highly diverse, but the fundamental requirements for transparency do not vary greatly between government procurement and others. It is unconvincing that there is a special need to develop - tailored and specific - transparency requirements for services procurement. In addition, listing government procurement commitments in the form of a GATS Schedule seems rather ill-suited to the objectives of predictability.

Keywords: GATS, Government Procurement

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Peng, Shin-yi, Multilateral Disciplines on Services Procurement: Architectural Challenges Under GATS. The Journal of World Investment & Trade, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp. 975-996, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1023986

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