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International Cooperation and the Reform of Public Procurement Policies

39 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2005  

Simon J. Evenett

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

The decision not to launch negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) on three of the Singapore Issues in the so-called July 2004 package provides an opportunity to revisit the knowledge base on which proposals for further international collective action may be drawn. This paper examines the available evidence on public procurement practices in developing countries that could be relevant to further multilateral rule making on state purchasing. Although there is considerable agreement on ends (efficient, non-corrupt, and transparent public purchasing systems), little information is available on means and, in particular, on the effective and replicable strategies that developing countries can adopt to improve their public procurement systems. A concerted effort to substantially add to the knowledge base on public procurement reforms in developing countries, through targeted research and international exchange of information on implemented procurement policies and outcomes, is critical to identifying areas where further binding multilateral disciplines may be beneficial.

Keywords: public procurement, state purchasing, discrimination, WTO, Doha Round

JEL Classification: F13, H57

Suggested Citation

Evenett, Simon J. and Hoekman, Bernard, International Cooperation and the Reform of Public Procurement Policies (September 2005). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3720. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=821424

Simon J. Evenett (Contact Author)

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Bernard Hoekman

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