The principles and procedures set out in the text of the Agreement do not automatically apply to all procurement activities of each Contracting Party. Only those indicated in the coverage plans of the parties must be carried out in accordance with the rules of the GPA. Yes. If you encounter difficulties in selling goods or services to undersigned government purchasing companies because that government has not complied with this agreement, please contact the Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance Helpline at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Center can help you understand your rights under this agreement and can notify U.S. administration officials to help you resolve your issue. The U.S. government may, if necessary, raise the particular facts of your situation with the administration of the other country concerned and ask officials of that government to examine the matter. As a last resort, the United States The government can avail itself of the WTO dispute settlement procedure. Considering that public procurement measures should not be prepared, accepted or applied in such a way as to protect domestic suppliers, goods or services or to discriminate against foreign suppliers, goods or services; The current signatories of this agreement (as of April 2014) are Armenia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, the European Union – whose Member States are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (including Aruba), Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom — Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.
Any other WTO member government may accede to this agreement on the terms agreed upon by that government and the current signatories. Recognizing the need for an effective multilateral framework on government procurement to increase the liberalization and expansion of international trade and to improve the framework for the implementation of international trade, the GPA contains a number of provisions aimed at ensuring transparency in tendering procedures for government procurement in signatory countries, be efficient and fair….