UK Soon To Join WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement

February 3, 2021
Procurement

On the 7th October 2020, the WTO’s Government Procurement Act (GPA) members granted the UK the right to submit its GPA instrument of accession to the Committee in 2021.

This means the UK will join the GPA in its own right once the EU member transition periods ends on 31st December 2020.

What’s The WTO Government Procurement Act?

The GPA is an agreement set up within the framework of the WTO. It began in 1979 as the “Tokyo Round Code on Government Procurement”, in an effort to bring government procurement under internationally agreed trade rules. After several amendments and scope expansions, it became the GPA, signed in Marrakesh in 1994.

The agreements allow WTO member states (36 of the 48) to mutually open government procurement markets, estimated to be $1.7 trillion per year in international trade opportunities.

In addition, the text of the agreement sets out rules requiring open and transparent conditions of competition in government procurement.

The benefit is that the agreement allows domestic and international businesses to compete equally in foreign procurement markets, within a framework of fairness and transparency.

What Does UK Accession Mean?

Essentially, the UK Government will continue to access the foreign suppliers to its procurement markets, worth GBP 68 billion*, just as it has as a member of the EU, but this time under its own steam.

In exchange, UK businesses will have access to the £1.3 Trillion of GPA’s covered procurement markets worth over GBP 1.3 trillion*.

Ultimately, this means greater opportunities for UK businesses to supply to international governments.

The official UK response to its agreed accession is here.

Fiona Hunt

 

To talk to us about our work, or your government procurement data needs,get in touch.

September 29, 2022

£900k Government Fund To Help Charities Win Public Contracts.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is running a Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Contract Readiness Fund grant...
September 27, 2022

New EU Procurement Instrument Now Law.

About a year ago, we wrote an article on the new procurement instrument approved by the European Union. In recent weeks this...
September 20, 2022

Blacklisting Gets Tested.

Back in June we wrote about blacklisting of suppliers and the Government’s intention to prevent poorly performing suppliers from bidding for government...
September 8, 2022

UK Risks Its Place On Anti-Corruption Body

The UK has been placed ‘under review’ by the 77-country-strong Open Government Partnership (OGP) due to its failure to meet mandatory criteria...
September 8, 2022

Thurrock Exposes Transparency Blind Spot

An investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) into investments by Thurrock Borough Council has led to the resignation of the...
September 6, 2022

New Zealand Government Reviewing Procurement System.

It’s always encouraging when we see governments around the world looking to improve their procurement transparency and efficiency. The New Zealand Government...
September 1, 2022

Collecting Data For Sustainable Procurement In Construction

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at setting a sustainable procurement framework in the construction industry, and what kind...
August 30, 2022

Selecting Data For Sustainable Procurement In Construction

It is estimated that around 40-50% of natural resources are transformed into construction material, and that as much as 30% of all...
August 25, 2022

Setting A Sustainable Procurement Framework For Construction

When procuring construction projects, it can be useful to underpin sustainability criteria on existing policy and regulation. When assessing the enabling framework,...
August 18, 2022

Big Net Zero Contract Win For Small Cornish Business

A small Cornish company has purportedly won a £70bn contract to help deliver the country's transition to Net Zero. The Penzance based...
August 16, 2022

Supporting Sustainable Procurement In ICT

One of the key challenges of sustainably procuring ICT lies in the lack of transparency in supply chains. To overcome this challenge,...
August 11, 2022

Why Is Sustainable Procurement Important For The ICT Sector?

The extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal of ICT products is associated with a number of environmental, social, and...
August 10, 2022

Shifts Towards Sustainable Sourcing

A while ago,  we shared an article on findings by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum that showed procurement is responsible...
August 9, 2022

Supporting Sustainable Procurement In The Construction Industry

Construction projects are usually long and complex, involving the participation of different stakeholders throughout the different project stages. There are certain factors...
August 4, 2022

Why Is Open SPP Important In The Construction Sector?

The construction industry is estimated to account for 6% of global GDP, with Africa's construction market valued at around USD 5.4 billion...

Newsletter

Compelling research, insights and data directly into your inbox.

Recent media stories

The Times
May 30, 2022
CIPFA
August 3, 2021

Search

Scroll to Top