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China submits to the World Trade Organization the seventh bid list for joining the Government Procurement Agreement

来源: 财政部打印08:28, October 22, 2019 Source: Ministry of Finance [ Print ]

On October 20, with the approval of the State Council, the Ministry of Finance submitted the seventh bid for China's accession to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) to the WTO through China's permanent mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The bid was included in the military sector for the first time, and 7 provinces were added. The bid range covered all 26 provinces and municipalities except autonomous regions, and 16 new state-owned enterprises and 36 local universities were added. At the same time, service items were added and exceptions adjusted. This bid is a major move to speed up the negotiation process for China's accession to the GPA, which fully demonstrates the image of China's opening up and demonstrates China's sincerity in joining the GPA and its determination to maintain the multilateral trading system.

The GPA is a plurilateral agreement of the WTO, the goal of which is to encourage participants to open government procurement markets and expand international trade. The main contents of joining the GPA negotiations are the open scope of government procurement (GPA is called bidding) and the adjustment of relevant domestic laws. China started to join the GPA negotiations in 2007 and submitted its first bid. After that, it made 5 improvements, and this bid is the 6th improvement.