China: China submits revised offer for joining Government Procurement Agreement

24 Oct 19: On 23 October 2019, the WTO announced that at an informal meeting of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee, China introduced to the parties to the GPA its sixth revised market access offer in the context of its negotiations to join the GPA. The revised offer was circulated to GPA parties on 21 October. Chairman Carlos Vanderloo of Canada called this “a very significant development” and the parties also welcomed China’s revised offer while saying they needed more time to review it. The announcement said: The GPA is a plurilateral agreement — potentially open to all WTO members but binding only the parties to the Agreement.