publication . Research . 2015

Regional trade agreements and procurement rules : facilitators or hindrances?

ANDERSON, Robert D.; MÜLLER, Anna Caroline; PELLETIER, Philippe;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
This Working Paper considers the significance of government procurement chapters in regional trade agreements (RTAs), both in their own right and vis-à-vis the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The paper finds, inter alia, that: (i) a strong complementarity exists between government procurement trade commitments and general goods and services trade commitments, making integration of procurement commitments in a more general system such as the WTO Agreements desirable; (ii) government procurement chapters in RTAs, where they exist in detailed form, are modelled substantially or entirely on the WTO GPA – a fact which can facilitate eventual accession ...
Subjects
free text keywords: WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), Regional trade agreements, Market access, Good governance, Trade, investment and international cooperation
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