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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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
qualifying the coverage accorded under the Agreement.
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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).
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The Appendices and Annexes to the GPA are structured as follows:
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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.
Parties' Appendix I Annexes are available as separate files from the following links:
Click on the relevant part of the Appendices to download the document in MS Word format.
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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.
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.
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.