Overview

This symposium aims to raise awareness of the significance of the GPA in today’s international economy. It will address policy-related issues on government procurement, both generally and as they relate to trade, governance and development. Its purpose is to inform participants of WTO activities in this area as well as to provide a forum for both trade and procurement experts to exchange information on trade-related activities and initiatives. Particular attention will be given to the revised GPA.

> Read more

Programme (Download as a PDF)

Day 1 — Thursday, 17 September 2015

08.30 Registration and security procedures

09.00 Official Opening of the Symposium

SESSION 1: The revised GPA: significance for development and global trade in the 21st century
Chair: Mr John Newham, Chairman, WTO Committee on Government Procurement

Thursday, 17 September, 9.10-10.45

Keynote Address
Mr Roberto Azevêdo, Director General, WTO
audio

Thursday, 17 September, 10.30-10.45

Break

SESSION 2: Policy coherence in the area of government procurement: the revised GPA and other international instruments and initiatives
Chair: Mr Robert Anderson, WTO Secretariat

Thursday, 17 September, 11.20-13.15

Lunch break

SESSION 3: Ensuring the continuing relevance of the GPA: the New Work Programmes of the GPA Committee and related policy considerations
Chair: Mr Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO Secretariat

Thursday, 17 September, 14.30-16.30

Break

SESSION 4: Broadening the reach of GPA principles: regional developments and perspectives
Chair: Ms Jean Heilman Grier, Djaghe LLC

Thursday, 17 September, 16.50-18.30

SESSION 5: Concluding session
Chair: Mr Robert Anderson, WTO Secretariat

Thursday, 17 September, 18.15

 

Day 2 — Friday, 18 September 2015

08.30 Registration and security procedures

09.00 Welcoming remarks:Mr Robert Anderson, WTO Secretariat

SESSION 6: Significance of government procurement for trade, development and economic performance and relevance of the GPA
Chair: Mr Robert Anderson, WTO Secretariat

Friday, 18 September, 09.10-10.10

SESSION 7A: The GPA as an instrument of governance: transparency, procedural rules and institutional provisions

Friday, 18 September, 10.10-11.05

Break

SESSION 7B: The GPA as a market access instrument: potential market access benefits, scope and coverage and new online market access information resource tool

Friday, 18 September, 11.20-12.15

SESSION 7C: Accession to the GPA: procedures and modalities, and benefits and challenges, including transitional measures for developing countries

Friday, 18 September, 12.15-13.15

Lunch break

SESSION 8: Government procurement in a post-2015 sustainable development era: policy and strategic considerations for developing and transition economies

Friday, 18 September, 14.30-16.45

SESSION 9: Government procurement disciplines in a post-2015 sustainable development era: policy messages and role and relevance of the GPA
Chair: Mr Robert Anderson, WTO Secretariat

Friday, 18 September, 16.45-18.15

SESSION 10: Concluding session

Friday, 18 September, 18.00-18.15

Attendance

The Symposium is being organised for the benefit of participants from GPA observers, GPA parties, WTO members and observers, and for other policymakers and analysts with an interest in government procurement in general and the Agreement more specifically.

More on the GPA

 

Notes:

1. This symposium has been organised by the WTO Secretariat for the benefit of WTO members and observers, and is for educational and capacity building purposes only.  All views expressed are the personal responsibility of the speakers, and are strictly without prejudice to the views, interests or positions of WTO members and observers.Back to text