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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT: THE PLURILATERAL AGREEMENT ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (GPA)

Parties and observers to the GPA

The Committee on Government Procurement comprises the Parties to the Agreement as well as observers.

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Parties to the Agreement    back to top

Most Parties have been bound by the Agreement since its entry into force on 1 January 1996. For some, it entered into force at a later date. Some Parties have joined the Agreement by way of accession.

Parties

Date of entry into force/accession

Armenia 15 September 2011
Canada 1 January 1996
European Union
with regard to its 28 member States:
 

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

1 January 1996

Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia

1 May 2004

Bulgaria and Romania

1 January 2007
Croatia 1 July 2013
Hong Kong , China 19 June 1997
Iceland 28 April 2001
Israel 1 January 1996
Japan 1 January 1996
Korea 1 January 1997
Liechtenstein 18 September 1997
the Netherlands with respect to Aruba 25 October 1996
Norway 1 January 1996
Singapore 20 October 1997
Switzerland 1 January 1996
Chinese Taipei 15 July 2009
United States 1 January 1996
  
  

Observers — WTO Members    back to top

Observer government Date of acceptance by committee as observers
Albania * 2 October 2001
Argentina 24 February 1997
Australia 4 June 1996
Bahrain 9 December 2008
Cameroon 3 May 2001
Chile 29 September 1997
China * 21 February 2002
Colombia 27 February 1996
Georgia * 5 October 1999
India 10 February 2010
Indonesia 31 October 2012
Jordan * 8 March 2000
Kyrgyz Republic * 5 October 1999
Malaysia 18 July 2012
Moldova * 29 September 2000
Mongolia 23 February 1999
Montenegro* 31 October 2012
New Zealand * 9 December 2008
Oman * 3 May 2001
Panama 29 September 1997
Russian Federation 29 May 2013
Saudi Arabia 13 December 2007
Sri Lanka 23 April 2003
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

27 June 2013

Turkey 4 June 1996
Ukraine * 25 February 2009
Viet Nam 5 December 2012
* negotiating accession.

  
  

Observers — International intergovernmental organizations    back to top

  
  

How to become an observer?    back to top

Article XVII of the Agreement on Government Procurement establishes basic transparency requirements for becoming an observer to the Agreement. The process of becoming an observer is set out by a Decision of the Committee on Government Procurement GPA/1, Annex 1.

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