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

Appendices and Annexes to the GPA

The Agreement on Government Procurement contains four Appendices with regard to each Party. The Appendices are an integral part of the Agreement (see Article XXIV:12 of the Agreement), and address the coverage of the Agreement with respect to each party as well as publications through which Parties fulfil various transparency obligations set out in the Agreement.

The Appendices and Annexes to the GPA are kept in the form of a “loose-leaf” system, so that they can be updated as necessary pursuant to Article XXIV:6 of the Agreement.

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Coverage    back to top

The coverage of the Agreement is determined with regard to each Party in its Appendix I Annexes (sometimes referred to as each Party's “schedule”). Annexes 1-3 of that Appendix specify the central and sub-central government entities as well as other entities, such as public utilities, that each Party has committed to complying with the Agreement. Each Party's Appendix I Annexes also specify the minimum threshold values above which a procurement is covered by the Agreement. As a general rule, all goods are covered by the GPA, while Annexes 4 and 5 to Appendix I specify each Party's covered services and construction services. Appendix I also includes Notes and General Notes qualifying the coverage accorded under the Agreement.
  

  

Publication requirements    back to top

Appendices II-IV to the Agreement list the publications where Parties publish notices of intended procurement (Appendix II), permanent lists of qualified suppliers in the context of selective tendering (Appendix III) and applicable procurement rules and procedures of Parties (Appendix IV).
  

  

Structure    back to top

The Appendices and Annexes to the GPA are structured as follows:

Appendix I    back to top

Each Party's Appendix I has five Annexes, defining the coverage of that Party's obligations under the Agreement:

  • Annex 1 containing central government entities
  • Annex 2 containing sub-central government entities
  • Annex 3 containing all other entities that procure in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement
  • Annex 4 specifying services, whether listed positively or negatively, covered by the Agreement
  • Annex 5 specifying covered construction services.

In addition, there are General Notes to each Party's Appendix I Annexes which qualify the commitments referred to in the Annexes.

Parties' Appendix I Annexes are available as separate files from the following links:

Armenia

Korea

Canada — authentic English version

Liechtenstein

Canada — authentic French version

Netherlands (with respect to Aruba)

European Union

Norway

Hong Kong, China

Singapore

Iceland

Switzerland

Israel

Chinese Taipei

Japan United States

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See also:
Text of agreement
Thresholds

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Armenia Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Canada   Annex 1 in English Annex 1 in French
back to list Annex 2 in English Annex 2 in French
  Annex 3 in English Annex 3 in French
  Annex 4 in English Annex 4 in French
  Annex 5 in English Annex 5 in French
  General Notes in English General Notes in French
   
European Union Annex 1 (Original language) Attachment to Annex 2 and 3
back to list Annex 2 (Original language) General Notes in English
  Annex 3 (Original language) General Notes in French
  Annex 4 (Original language) General Notes in Spanish
  Annex 5 (Original language)  
   
Hong Kong, China Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Iceland Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Israel Annex 1 Annex 5
back to list Annex 2 General Notes
  Annex 3 Note
  Annex 4  
   
Japan Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Korea Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Liechtenstein Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Netherlands (with respect to Aruba) Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3  
   
Norway Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Singapore Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
Switzerland Annex 1 (French only) Annex 4 (French only)
back to list Annex 2 (French only) Annex 5 (French only)
  Annex 3 (French only) General Notes (French only)
   
Chinese Taipei Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes
   
United States Annex 1 Annex 4
back to list Annex 2 Annex 5
  Annex 3 General Notes

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Appendix II    back to top

Publications utilized by Parties for the publication of notices of intended procurements under Article IX:1 of the Agreement on Government Procurement, and of post-award notices pursuant to Article XVIII:1 of the Agreement.

  

  

Appendix III    back to top

Publications utilized by Parties for the annual publication of information on permanent lists of qualified suppliers in the case of selective tendering procedures pursuant to Article IX:9 of the Agreement on Government Procurement.

  

  

Appendix IV    back to top

Publications utilized by Parties for the publication of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, administrative rulings of general application and any procedure regarding government procurement covered by the Agreement on Government Procurement pursuant to Article XIX:1 of the Agreement.

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