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Government Procurement Agreements


The Review Body on Bid Challenges is an organization set up by party states that allows suppliers to challenge irregular government tenders. [5] These bodies are independent and strive to deal with each case quickly. The review body is also empowered to recommend rapid interim measures, which can be recommended within days, when an evaluation body finds a first-application case for an auction challenge. [6] Canada is also working on the entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). Click here for an overview of public procurement and here for the text of the public procurement chapter with Canada`s market access offer and THE EU market access offer. Foreign procurement contracts are worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year and offer significant potential opportunities for Canadian exporters. Public procurement obligations in international trade agreements help ensure that Canadian suppliers of goods and services are treated in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory manner when selling to governments outside Canada. In addition to suppliers, open public procurement benefits governments and taxpayers by increasing competition, expanding the choice of available goods and services and, importantly, reducing costs. The signatories of the GPA agreed that companies from other signatory countries will not be treated less favourably in terms of public procurement than domestic firms, in accordance with the principles of national treatment and non-discrimination. Locally created businesses are no less well treated because they are of foreign origin or because the goods and services they offer are of foreign origin. Any company in a signatory country wishing to sell GPA goods or services to a purchasing entity in another signatory country, which is listed in Schedule I of the GPA, may benefit from this agreement. The World Trade Organization estimates the value of the public procurement opportunities covered by the agreement at several hundred billion dollars a year.