The WTO Public Procurement Agreement is a “multilateral” agreement that means it applies to a number of WTO members, but not all members. International intergovernmental organizations have granted observer status to the AMP committee The GPA is a multi-lateral agreement that applies only to WTO members who have agreed to be linked to it. Under the agreement, each signatory (usually referred to as “party”) defines, in a “hedging plan,” the purchasing activities governed by the agreement. A contracting party is required to treat only the goods, services and suppliers of other contracting parties, but not the non-party parties, in a non-discriminatory manner. Any company in a signatory country wishing to sell GPA goods or services to a purchasing entity in another signatory country, which is listed in Schedule I of the GPA, may benefit from this agreement. The World Trade Organization estimates the value of the public procurement opportunities covered by the agreement at several hundred billion dollars a year. (a) Authorized products from WTO GPA countries and countries trading in FREI products are entitled to non-discriminatory treatment in point 25.402(a) (1). The GPA and WTO free trade agreements define attribution procedures for fairness (see 25.408). The MPA applies to purchases by any contractual means, including purchase, lease or lease with or without an option to purchase. It applies to companies that each signatory country has listed in Schedule I (link offsite) of the agreement. Appendix I of Schedule I is the list of entities covered by headquarters, Schedule 2 of central government entities and Schedule 3 of the other entities. The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) is a multi-lateral agreement, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which governs the purchase of goods and services by the public authorities of the contracting parties, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. 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). GPA membership is limited to WTO members who have specifically signed or subsequently joined the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States urges all WTO members to participate in this important agreement.