The GPA is a multi-lateral agreement within the WTO framework, which means that not all WTO members are parties to the agreement. Currently, the agreement consists of 20 parties, with 48 WTO members. Thirty-six WTO members/observers participate in the GPA committee as observers. Of these, 12 members are in the process of joining the agreement. Some trade agreements between the United Kingdom and third countries include public procurement provisions, in addition to the provisions of the GPA. You can learn more about the terms of these agreements. The revised GPA, which came into force on 6 April 2014, is attracting increasing attention around the world, but the liberalisation of public procurement is not a completely new idea. Within the OECD, efforts have been made at an early stage to ensure that public procurement is subject to internationally accepted trade rules. The case was then included in the Tokyo trade negotiations under the GATT in 1976.
It is important that the GPA ensures that UK firms can compete with domestic firms in covered foreign public procurement under a level playing field. The rules ensure transparency and fair treatment and remedies between the parties. The WTO website outlines the markets covered by the GPA and the types of possible markets in each market. GPA parties use their own online platforms to publish supply opportunities. The WTO website contains specific information on public procurement. For example, UK advertising agencies can continue to export their services and remain competitive if they promote tourism, branding and investment in other countries. Indeed, the AMP will continue to offer companies in different sectors the opportunity to obtain lucrative orders from governments around the world. This will allow UK businesses to expand their operations in the UK and support jobs and economic growth in their own countries. Today`s decision is the result of two years of negotiations in the WTO.
We fought for independent access to the amputee agreement, so that businesses of all sizes and all corners of the UK could continue to benefit from this important agreement. We look forward to becoming a constructive participant in all of this committee`s issues, including memberships, as well as regular agenda items such as sustainable public procurement, small businesses and information-sharing initiatives. The agreement ensures that British companies can compete fairly for contracts abroad. A number of Uk companies from across the UK that work with international governments benefit. As a result, the first Tokyo Round Code on Government Procurement was signed in 1979 and came into force in 1981. It was amended in 1987 and the amendment came into force in 1988. The parties to the agreement then negotiated the extension of the scope and scope of the agreement, in parallel with the Uruguay Round. Finally, on 15 April 1994, a new public procurement agreement (GPA 1994) was signed in Marrakech at the same time as the WTO agreement, which came into force on 1 January 1996. It was pointed out that the UK accounts for more than a quarter of the total EU purchases covered by the GPA and that the UK accounts for almost half of the markets covered by the EU, taking into account the central authorities.
Information for UK companies on foreign purchasing opportunities under the Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) and UK trade agreements.