Topics handled by WTO committees and agreements
Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

AGREEMENT ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

GPA Committee

The Committee on Government Procurement (GPA Committee) was established to oversee the implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). A chairperson is elected by its parties to organize activities of the Committee with the assistance of the WTO Secretariat. The current chair is .

Functions and operation of the Committee

The GPA Committee was established to administer the implementation of the GPA. It is composed of representatives from each of the parties as well as WTO members and inter-governmental organizations with observer status.

The Committee meets regularly, around four times a year, to give parties the opportunity to consult on any matters relating to the implementation and operation of the Agreement or the furtherance of its objectives. It also carries out other responsibilities as may be assigned to it by the parties.

The Committee annually informs the WTO General Council of its activities and of developments relating to the implementation and operation of the Agreement.

 

Chairmanship of the Committee    back to top

The Committee officially elects its chair at the first meeting of the Committee each year. In practice, the chair is selected by consensus among candidates from permanent missions of the GPA parties. The current chair is Mr Bruce Christie (Canada), who took over the chairmanship on 18 July 2012. He will end his term as chair at the end of July 2014. Mr Krzysztof Trepczynski (Poland) was elected at the formal meeting of the Committee on 12 March 2014 to be the next chair of the Committee.

Chairs of the GPA Committee since the GPA came into force:

  • 1996-1997 Mr Harald ERNST (Switzerland)
  • 1997-1998 Ms Helle KLEM (Norway)
  • 1998-2000 Mr Dick MAK (Hong Kong, China)
  • 2001-2002 Mr Martin LOKEN (Canada)
  • 2002-2003 Mr Jan-Peter MOUT (Netherlands)
  • 2003-2004 Mr Niklas BERGSTRÖM (Sweden)
  • 2005-2006 Amb. Tae-yul CHO (Korea)
  • 2007-2012 Mr Nicholas NIGGLI (Switzerland)
  • 2012- July 2014  Mr Bruce CHRISTIE (Canada)
  • August 2014-  Mr Krzysztof TREPCZYŃSKI (Poland)

 

Members of the WTO Secretariat's GPA team:

Mr Robert ANDERSON
Counsellor, Team Leader for government procurement and competition policy

Mr Kwadwo OSEI-LAH
Counsellor

Ms Anna Caroline MÜLLER
Legal Affairs Officer

Mr Philippe PELLETIER
Legal Affairs Officer

Mr Jianning CHEN
Legal Affairs Officer

Ms Audrey FRANCHET
Secretary

The GPA team can be reached via the WTO enquiry point:

Tel: +41 (0)22 739 51 11
Fax: +41 (0)22 731 42 06
email: enquiries@wto.org

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