Philippines: WTO members press PHL to relax procurement rules

27 Mar 2018: Several members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are pressuring the Philippines to harmonize its government procurement regime with multilateral trading rules by acceding to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). According to documents obtained by the BusinessMirror from a Geneva-based trade official, some WTO members even told Manila that liberalizing the country’s government procurement rules will boost the Duterte administration’s massive infrastructure program.