“The WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) may soon see some new additions, with Australia reportedly close to the negotiating finish line, nearly two years after it launched its bid to join the plurilateral accord,” reports the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Bridges News. The GPA currently has 19 parties, counting the EU and its member states as one; New Zealand is a member and with which Australia has links to public procurement tenders in bilateral agreements. Other countries are also working to join the GPA, seeing the benefits particularly following the improvements under the revised GPA that came into force three years ago. You can read more in-depth coverage here.

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