Withdrawing the United States from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): Assessing Potential Damage to the U.S. and Its Contracting Community

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Robert D. Anderson

World Trade Organization

Christopher R. Yukins

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: February 12, 2020

Abstract

The Trump administration is mulling an executive order that would trigger U.S. withdrawal from the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), according to reports from Bloomberg and POLITICO. Withdrawal from the GPA would deprive U.S. suppliers of a key point of access to public procurement markets internationally, under a world-wide agreement which has set global standards and opened over a trillion dollars annually in business opportunities. See, e.g., Anderson et al., “Assessing the Value of Future Accessions to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA): Some New Data Sources, Provisional Estimates, and An Evaluative Framework for Individual WTO Members Considering Accession,” 2012 Pub. Proc. Law Rev. 113. The United States could forfeit access to important public procurement markets in Canada and many other countries, and the United States could lose its leadership role (which dates back to World War II) in shaping global standards in public procurement, even as more countries are joining the GPA.

JEL Classification: F13, H57

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Robert D. and Yukins, Christopher R., Withdrawing the United States from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): Assessing Potential Damage to the U.S. and Its Contracting Community (February 12, 2020). 62 Gov. Contractor para. 35 (Thomson Reuters, Feb. 12, 2020); GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-08; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2020-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3540413

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