Committee on Government Procurement - Report (2022) of the Committee on Government Procurement



Table of Contents

1   Introduction.. 2

2   Matters related to the Administration, Implementation, and
Operation of the Agreement
. 2

2.1   Selection of the Committee's Next Chair 2

2.2   Procedures for the Circulation, Derestriction and Translation of GPA-related
. 3

2.3   Enhancing Information-sharing in the Committee. 3

2.4   Decision Items considered by the Committee and Future Work Mandated by the
GPA 2012
. 3

2.5   Consultations and Dispute Settlement 4

3   Accessions to the Agreement, Observership in the Committee and Secretariat Technical Assistance. 4

3.1   Accessions to the Agreement 4

3.1.1   Circulation by Brazil of Revised Market Access Offers. 4

3.1.2   Circulation by North Macedonia of a Revised Market Access Offer 5

3.1.3   Other Accessions. 5

3.2   Observership in the Committee. 7

3.3   Secretariat Technical Assistance Relevant to Accessions. 7

4   The Committee's Agreed Work Programmes. 7

4.1   Active Work Programmes. 7

4.1.1   Work Programme on Sustainable Procurement 8

4.1.2   Work Programme on Collection and Reporting of Statistical Data. 8

4.1.3   Work Programme on SMEs. 8

4.1.4   Other Work Programmes. 8

5   Notifications Under the Agreement. 9

5.1   Reporting of Statistics. 9

5.2   Thresholds in Appendix I to the GPA 2012 as Expressed in National Currencies. 9

5.3   Domestic Legislation Relevant to the Agreement 10

5.4   Notifications Relating to the Appendices to the GPA 2012. 11

5.4.1   Modifications and Rectifications to Coverage (Appendix I) 11

5.4.2   Modifications of Information on the Procurement System Listed in Appendix II,
. 11


1  Introduction

1.  This Annual Report is issued pursuant to Article IV:8 of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization and Article XXI:3 of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) as amended by the Protocol Amending the Agreement on Government Procurement, done at Geneva on 30 March 2012 (the "Agreement" or "GPA 2012").[1],[2]

2.  This Report covers the period since the Committee's previous Annual Report (2021)[3], i.e. from the beginning of November 2021 to the beginning of December 2022. The Committee had tentatively planned meetings for 9 March, 15 June, and 19 October 2022, but did not proceed with any of them. The meetings did not take place because of ongoing discussions about the selection of the Committee's next Chair. As of 8 December 2022, the Committee had not reached a consensus on the Committee's next Chair.

3.  Despite the particular circumstances related to the selection of the Committee's next Chair, during the reporting period revised market access offers were circulated with respect to accessions to the Agreement, notably those of Brazil and North Macedonia. In addition, the Dominican Republic joined the Committee as an observer, making it the first Caribbean Member to do so, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) became an international intergovernmental organization observer to the Committee. Further, during the reporting period, a number of Parties made important and timely notifications under the GPA 2012.

4.  The remaining sections of this Report deal with the work undertaken by the Committee during the reporting period, particularly on (i) matters related to the administration, implementation, and operation of the Agreement (ii) accessions to the Agreement, (iii) the Committee's agreed Work Programmes, and (iv) notifications made pursuant to the Agreement.

[1] The following 48 WTO Members are covered by the Agreement: Armenia; Australia; Canada; the European Union, with its 27 member States (all of which are covered by the Agreement, as one party); Hong Kong, China; Iceland; Israel; Japan; the Republic of Korea ("Korea"); Liechtenstein; the Republic of Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands with respect to Aruba; New Zealand; Norway; Singapore; Switzerland; the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu ("Chinese Taipei"); Ukraine; the United Kingdom; and the United States.

[2] Thirty-six WTO Members/WTO Observers have Observer status in the Committee on Government Procurement. They are Afghanistan; Albania; Argentina; the Kingdom of Bahrain; Belarus; Brazil; Cameroon; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Côte d'Ivoire; the Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Jordan; Kazakhstan; the Kyrgyz Republic; Malaysia; Mongolia; North Macedonia; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Paraguay; the Philippines; the Russian Federation; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Türkiye; and Viet Nam. Five international intergovernmental organizations, namely the EBRD, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), also have observer status in the Committee.

[3] _GPA/AR/4.