The WTO’s Revised Government Procurement Agreement - An Important Milestone Toward Greater Market Access and Transparency in Global Public Procurement Markets

7 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2012

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Robert D. Anderson

World Trade Organization

Steven L. Schooner

George Washington University - Law School

Collin D. Swan

George Washington University - Law School; Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

Date Written: January 11, 2012

Abstract

In December of 2011, the Parties to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) adopted significant revisions to the Agreement. The revised Agreement comprises (a) a much-needed modernization of the text of the Agreement, (b) an expansion of related market-access commitments by the Parties, and (c) a set of Future Work Programs intended to enhance transparency among the Parties and improve the administration of the Agreement. In these unstable economic times, the importance of the GPA and its improvements cannot be overstated.

This article also bemoans the media's misrepresentation of the ongoing process of China's negotiated accession into the GPA. China continues to invest resources in upgrading its public procurement regime as it negotiates with the GPA Parties to open its government purchasing markets to systematic international competition.

Keywords: government procurement agreement, World Trade Organization, China, government contracts, transparency, market access

JEL Classification: F13, K12, K23, K33, H57, L33

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Robert D. and Schooner, Steven L. and Swan, Collin D., The WTO’s Revised Government Procurement Agreement - An Important Milestone Toward Greater Market Access and Transparency in Global Public Procurement Markets (January 11, 2012). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-7; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-7; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1984216

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Collin D. Swan

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

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