The Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) is the only legally binding agreement within the WTO covering government procurement (GP) guaranteeing fair and non-discriminatory conditions of international competition in GP. States usually spend around 15-25 % of GDP on GP. The GPA has 42 WTO members and the estimated value of markets open to competition is 1.6 trillion $/Year.
Seminar on GPA and GP
CSEND organized a seminar on GPA on 11th June in Geneva within the context of a graduate course taught by Professor Raymond Saner. Speakers at the seminar included Mr. Nicholas Niggli, Counsellor, Deputy Head of the WTO Division, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO & EFTA and Chairman, WTO Government Procurement Agreement; Mr. Junior Lodge, Technical Coordinator, WTO Negotiations, CARICOM Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) and Mr. Robert Anderson, Counsellor, expert of GPA at WTO.
Programme, Presentations, Notes of the meeting and Syllabus of course are listed below: