Agreement on Government Procurement
As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Hong Kong acceded to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) in May 1997. From 1 July 1997 onwards, Hong Kong has continued to be a party to the Agreement in the name of "Hong Kong, China".
Under the Agreement, the Government is obliged to, with respect to procurement of goods and services covered by its commitments, provide open and non-discriminatory treatment to all goods and services irrespective of their country of origin, and to provide for open and fair competition amongst domestic and foreign suppliers.
Review Body on Bid Challenges
The Review Body on Bid Challenges (the Review Body) is a dedicated, independent and impartial body set up under the GPA whereby suppliers may challenge against alleged breaches of the GPA by procuring entities in relation to relevant procurements.
Meanwhile, pursuant to the Hong Kong, China – New Zealand Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEP Agreement) and the Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong, China and Chile (HKC-Chile FTA), which comprise provisions on government procurement similar to the WTO GPA, the Review Body also considers challenges by suppliers against alleged breaches of Chapter 12 of the CEP Agreement and Chapter 9 of the HKC-Chile FTA.
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