WTO Global Procurement Agreement (GPA)—2019 inquiry
Access to foreign markets is extremely important for businesses that sell goods and services to governments. The ECA encourages the Australian Parliament
to ratify the WTO GPA. Doing so offers major benefits with no costs.
There is no downside for domestic businesses competing for domestic government contracts, as Australia already has open government procurement markets.
For exporters, it opens up new markets, enhances certainty in existing markets and provides the right of review for discriminatory conduct.
It also reinforces the importance of the WTO as the basis for the global trading system and highlights that despite major obstacles and negative press, the WTO can still deliver freer trade.
The ECA recommends the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties:
- recommend the Parliament ratify Australia’s accession to the World Trade Oganisation Government Procurement Agreement as soon as possible
- recommend the Australian Government facilitate training, advice and support for SMEs seeking to sell to goods and services to governments covered by the GPA and Australia’s other free trade agreements.
Leandra Coffey, Director, Fruity Sacks
Member of the ECA
“Our business is about making it easy for people to make environmentally friendly choices. We are looking to expand into new overseas markets and the ECA have been a huge help in this endeavour. The ECA have given us introductions to key businesses that can help us in the markets we are looking at, and their workshops and seminars on topics relevant to exporting were extremely useful. All up, our association with the ECA has been a great asset to Fruity Sacks.”Become a Member
Homart Group has been established for 27 years, and specialises in manufacturing and marketing high quality Australian health supplements. Their products include two major segments of health supplements; skin care and dairy products. Their biggest export challenge is the regulations each country has for the import permits. It normally takes long time to get the registration approval before they can sell the goods into that country.