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.
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VEKTA Advanced Automation
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"In 2014 Vekta Automation became involved in the Export Awards and started to get a better understanding about the role of the Export Council of Australia. After attending a seminar in Perth in February 2019 the decision was instantly made and we signed up the next day. A decision we should have made 5 years earlier. For Vekta, the information, expertise and networking opportunities that the ECA provides has been valuable. It is reassuring knowing that there are experienced and knowledgeable people we can turn to when advice is needed."
Established in 1970, Mavlab Animal Health Pty Ltd is a Queensland based, family-owned, GMP licenced manufacturer of veterinary pharmaceuticals and pet care products. Mavlab has an extensive range of prescription and over the counter products sold in a growing number of global markets. Contract manufacturing opportunities are also available.