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The Office of the United States Trade Representative

USTR Focus on Government Procurement

A longstanding objective of U.S. trade policy has been to open opportunities for U.S. suppliers to compete on a level playing field for foreign government contracts. The first major breakthough in this area was the 1979 conclusion of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), followed by the tenfold expansion of that Agreement during the Uruguay Round negotiations that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO estimates that, under the GPA, the United States and the 26 other GPA Parties provide their suppliers with non-discriminatory access to government tendering procedures worth more that $300 billion annually. In 1995, Mexico agreed to provide comparable access to its government procurement markets under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In addition, the Administration continues to push for the reciprocal removal of discriminatory government procurement practices in a wide range of multilateral, regional and bilateral fora.

Govt Procurement Background
Selection Title VII Reports
Govt Procurement in WTO
Selection What is the Agreement?
Selection Overview of the Agreement
Selection Committee on Government Procurement
Document Library
Selection Press Releases
Selection Fact Sheets
Selection Op-Eds
Selection Speeches