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The Internationalization of Government Procurement Regulation$
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Aris C. Georgopulos, Bernard Hoekman, and Petros C. Mavroidis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198796749.001.0001

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Regional Trade Agreements and Procurement Rules

Regional Trade Agreements and Procurement Rules

Facilitators or Hindrances?

(p.56) 2 Regional Trade Agreements and Procurement Rules
The Internationalization of Government Procurement Regulation

Robert D. Anderson

Anna Caroline Müller

Philippe Pelletier

Oxford University Press

Government procurement is of considerable importance as an element of economic activity. Yet, government procurement has been effectively carved out of the main multilateral rules of the WTO system. The resulting gap is filled by the plurilateral WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and by regional trade agreements (RTAs). Both can contribute to growth and development. Comparing RTAs with the GPA, the authors find that procedural rules and disciplines on government procurement in RTAs broadly track those of the GPA. This can facilitate eventual accession to the GPA by countries that are not yet participating in it. The market access opportunities generally stay behind those available under the revised GPA. Therefore, the incentive for WTO Members to join the GPA is not eliminated. Consequently, the GPA is likely to remain at the centre of WTO Members’ efforts to liberalize trade and promote efficient markets and good governance in government procurement.

Keywords:   development, good governance, government procurement, regional trade agreements, trade liberalization, WTO

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