Government procurement in the surveyed jurisdictions is regulated by laws that make their application mandatory at all levels of government.
Two members to the World Trade Organization Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-GPA), Canada and the European Union, limit the scope of application of the Agreement through specific regulations, while Japan does not impose any limitation. In the BRIC bloc, government procurement may be required to come from domestic sources, with a few exceptions permitted, or be limited to issues involving the military, national security, pricing, or transparency.
In general, most governments are bound by their procurement rules, which also establish the scenarios in which a few industries are not subordinate to them. The rules also regulate the access of other nations’ goods to their markets.
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Last Updated: 04/02/2013