Many buying opportunities are also published electronically. To be covered by the GPA, public procurement must meet minimum value thresholds. These vary depending on the type of purchasing unit and the contract. You will find the current thresholds in the WTO`s table of thresholds (link offsite). In order to ensure open, fair and transparent conditions of competition in public procurement, a number of WTO members negotiated the Public Procurement Agreement (GPA). The WTO Public Procurement Agreement is a “multilateral” agreement that means it applies to a number of WTO members, but not all members. On March 30, 2012, the parties to the GPA adopted a review of the GPA. The revised agreement expands the markets covered by the GPA to provide U.S. products, services and suppliers with new opportunities to participate in centralized and sub-centralized procurement in other GPA parties. The revised agreement also provides for a substantial improvement in the text of the treaty by modernising the text to take into account current procurement practices and to clarify its commitments.
The revised agreement enters into force for the parties who accepted it on the 30th day after it was tabled by two-thirds of the parties to the current agreement and, subsequently, for each of the parties that accept it on the 30th day following its adoption. The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) is made up of parties that cover WTO members (with the census of the European Union and its 27 member states, as well as the United Kingdom, all of which are covered by the agreement as a party). Other WTO members/observers and four international organizations participate in the GPA committee as observers. members who have observer status at the agreement. One of these observers, the United Kingdom, is trying to enter the revised GPA for the period following the transition period (provided for by the EU-UK withdrawal agreement) (GPA/CD/2). 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. The current signatories to this agreement (in April 2014) are: 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, Sweden and the United Kingdom – Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.