Australian Chamber welcomes accession to multilateral government procurement agreement

29 Jun 2018 |

“Australia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) is a welcome achievement”, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s CEO, James Pearson, said today.

“The Australian business community’s ability to compete in the international market has never been more difficult – we face fierce international competition.

“The GPA is a win for Australian business and will allow our exporters and service suppliers to compete on equal footing with other GPA members in the international procurement market.

“The GPA will also allow our businesses to leverage their export strengths and make it easier to sell their products and services to the world.

“To take full advantage of this opportunity, we need policies that will help Australian business become more competitive.

“Our competitors overseas are adapting their policies to win more business in the global market.

“We must lower the costs holding back Australian business, including taxes and energy costs, or risk being left behind.” Mr Pearson said.

Australia received support from the World Trade Organisation’s GPA members to join the GPA overnight, following three years of negotiations by the Australian government.

Duncan Bremner

Director - Public Affairs and Advocacy

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