Amendments to WTO Government Procurement Agreement to Enter into Force in April
USTR has issued a notice announcing April 6 as the effective date of the Protocol Amending the Agreement on Government Procurement, done at Geneva on March 30, 2012, with respect to the following parties to the 1994 WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, the European Union, Iceland, Singapore and Taiwan. The protocol will enter into force for those GPA parties that have deposited their respective instruments of acceptance of the protocol on the 30th day following the deposit by ten GPA parties. Thereafter, the protocol will enter into force for each GPA party that has deposited its instrument of acceptance on the 30th day following the date of such deposit. The U.S. deposited its instrument of acceptance last December and the tenth party required for the protocol to enter into force did the same on March 7.