Government Procurement

Government Procurement Agreement Knowledge Series

The WTO Secretariat from time to time organizes online events (video debates or webinars) on selected aspects of the WTO's plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement 2012 and the interface of trade and government procurement more generally. This is done for capacity-building, outreach and policy support purposes and under the Secretariat's own responsibility. The various online events are grouped together in a series called the “Government Procurement Agreement Knowledge Series” and can be accessed on this webpage. The Secretariat welcomes suggestions of topics that may be of interest ([email protected]).

Negotiating Accession to the GPA 2012: Strategy mapping and navigating the process

Virtual

In this panel discussion, governmental experts from Australia, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom provide practical insights and advice, and share lessons learned about, both the process prior to officially filing an application for GPA accession and the GPA accession negotiation itself. How to conduct consultations with domestic stakeholders prior to taking the decision to pursue GPA accession? How to prepare an initial market access offer? What tactical considerations come into play? How to know whether a proposed initial market access offer incorporates a level of commitments commensurate with those of GPA Parties? How to navigate the bilateral and plurilateral consultations with GPA Parties effectively?

Programme

Webcast

Moderator:

  • Philippe Pelletier, Legal Affairs Officer, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), World Trade Organization (WTO)

Speakers:

  • Aleksandar Argirovski, State Advisor at the Public Procurement Bureau, Ministry of Finance of North Macedonia
  • Joanne Lawson, Head of Procurement and Trade Policy in the Trade Policy Group, United Kingdom Department for International Trade
  • Simon Reid, First Secretary Economic, Australian Embassy in the Philippines

 

What role and scope for green government procurement in an open international trade environment?

Hybrid

SDG 12 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls to “[p]romote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities” (target 12.7). Green government procurement directly supports this goal. But there is scarcely any debate about how this fits with the open international trading system. Do international trade rules, including those in the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement 2012 and FTAs, support or hinder countries in achieving this goal? What should be done, and how, so that government procurement can be deployed to make international trade more sustainable and at the same time to help countries to make the shift towards more low-carbon and circular economies (i.e. build back greener)? How best to reconcile trade and the environment in the field of government procurement and “ensure that the WTO best supports the green and circular economy” (WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala)? This event was part of the 2021 WTO Public Form.

Programme

Webcast

Moderator:

  • Reto Malacrida, Counsellor (Head of the Government Procurement and Competition Policy Group), Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), WTO

Speakers:

 

Not just market access: The GPA 2012 as an instrument of good governance in government procurement

Virtual

In this panel discussion, international experts address an underappreciated objective and aspect of the GPA 2012: the promotion and strengthening of good governance in government procurement in the territories of the GPA parties. Questions covered include: Why is the GPA 2012 as an international trade agreement concerned with domestic good governance? How does the GPA 2012 help WTO members to achieve or improve transparency in government procurement, and how does it help them to avoid conflicts of interest and prevent corruption in government procurement? Can accession to the GPA 2012 help countries drive forward domestic government procurement reform efforts and can it help GPA parties safeguard their reform efforts?

Programme

Webcast

Moderator:

  • Nadezhda Sporysheva, Economic Affairs Officer, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), World Trade Organization (WTO)

Speakers:

  • Caroline Nicholas, Head of Technical Assistance, and Senior Legal Officer, with the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (the UNCITRAL Secretariat)
  • Dorina Harcenco, International Procurement Policy Adviser, EBRD GPA TC Facility
  • Susan Brown-Shafii, Independent Educator and Public Policy/Trade Advisor

The event will not be live streamed but will be made available on the WTO's YouTube channel (World Trade Organization — YouTube). It is expected to be made available on the WTO's YouTube channel on Friday, 6 August 2021.

Suggested questions to the panel may be submitted in advance, by email to [email protected] (using the subject line: GPA event). Any questions would need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 4 August 2021, at 2 p.m. CEST.

 

Bidding for government procurement opportunities abroad: the lowdown for SMEs

Virtual

Government procurement offers important business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this panel discussion, international experts review opportunities and challenges faced by SMEs in winning government contracts abroad. This event covers the international legal framework (e.g. the WTO Government Procurement Agreement) and addresses best practices for policies designed to promote SME participation in government procurement. The participating experts will also provide practical advice and tips. This event is part of the SME programme of ITU Digital World '21 and co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Trade Organization.

Programme

Webcast

Moderator:

  • Reto Malacrida, Counsellor (Head of the Government Procurement and Competition Policy Group), Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), WTO

Speakers:

Presentation:

  • Philippe Pelletier, Legal Affairs Officer, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), WTO

 

Recently acceded GPA signatories: Initial experiences and assessments

Virtual

In this panel discussion government experts from New Zealand, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine discuss their experiences since their governments joined the GPA not long ago.  What is their assessment of the benefits and impact of GPA accession? Have things turned out as expected or did reality surpass or fall short of expectations? What can WTO members considering GPA accession learn from their experience?

Programme

Webcast

Moderator:

  • Astghik Solomonyan, Technical Assistance Officer, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division (IPD), World Trade Organization (WTO)

Speakers:

  • Karen English, Director, International Procurement and Trade, New Zealand Government Procurement, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Oksana Kamianetska, Head of International Activities at the Public Procurement Department of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine
  • Hsiang-Yu Chen, Section Chief, Public Construction Commission, Chinese Taipei

The event will not be live streamed but will be made available on the WTO's YouTube channel (World Trade Organization — YouTube). It is expected to be made available on the WTO's YouTube channel on Friday, 30 July 2021.

Suggested questions to the panel may be submitted in advance, by email to [email protected] (using the subject line: July public event). Any questions would need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 28 July 2021, at 3 p.m. CEST.

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