|WTO / EBRD GPA Regional Workshop on government procurement held in Tbilisi, Georgia|
27 September 2017
WTO / EBRD Regional Workshop on government procurement for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asian and Caucasus countries took place on 19-22 September 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The workshop was organised by the EBRD GPA TC Facility in cooperation with WTO Technical Cooperation Department with the purpose of providing a forum for both trade and procurement professionals to exchange information on the latest developments in the public procurement area.
The WTO EBRD GPA Regional Workshop gathered together more than 50 government officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine responsible for trade, development and public procurement policy to explore various dimensions of WTO GPA accession (policy compliance requirements, technical procedures, schedules negotiations, etc.).
On the sidlines of the workshop the participants also celebrated five years of WTO - EBRD cooperation and its extraordinary success: three new GPA accessions (Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine), one ratification of revised GPA agreement (Armenia), two final GPA offers under discussion (the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan) and FYR Macedonia due to open negotiation process in October 2017.