AGREEMENT ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
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.
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Chairmanship of the Committee
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 , who took over the chairmanship from June 2018.
Chairs of the GPA Committee since 1996:
- 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-February 2015 Mr Krzysztof TREPCZYŃSKI (Poland)
- March 2015-June 2018 Mr John NEWHAM (Ireland)
- June 2018- Mr Carlos VANDERLOO (Canada)