Appendix 1: Central Authorities Appendix 2: Headquarters Entities Appendix 3: Other Entities Appendix 4: Property Appendix 5: Services Appendix 6: Construction Services Appendix 7: General Notes. GPA membership is limited to WTO members who have specifically signed or subsequently joined the GPA. WTO members are not required to join the GPA, but the United States urges all WTO members to participate in this important agreement. Several countries, including China, Russia and the Kyrgyz Republic, are negotiating GPA membership. As a result, the first Tokyo Round Code on Government Procurement was signed in 1979 and came into force in 1981. It was amended in 1987 and the amendment came into force in 1988. The parties to the agreement then negotiated the extension of the scope and scope of the agreement, in parallel with the Uruguay Round. Finally, on 15 April 1994, a new public procurement agreement (GPA 1994) was signed in Marrakech at the same time as the WTO agreement, which came into force on 1 January 1996. The full text of the revised GPA and the new annexes that list the public procurement covered by all parties to the GPA are available in amp-113. On 20 May 1997, Hong Kong joined the World Trade Organization (GPA) Agreement on Public Procurement. Previously, Hong Kong signed the public procurement agreement negotiated under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Since 1 July 1997, Hong Kong has remained a party in the name of “Hong Kong, China”. The WTO`s comprehensive agreement aims to ensure open and fair competition between domestic and foreign suppliers and service providers. To this end, the GPA imposes on the WTO a number of requirements relating to the non-discriminatory treatment of goods, services and service providers, the qualification of suppliers, tendering procedures, tender specifications and dispute procedures. The principles underlying the Hong Kong Special ADMINISTRATIVE GOVERNMENT`s procurement system are consistent with the spirit and objectives of the WTO ACCORD.