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Accession to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement:

Opportunities and Challenges for India

Mukesh Rawat, KD Raju


Keywords: public procurement, trade law, WTO, Agreement on Government Procurement and Public Policy, India

In the contemporary era, public procurement has become a central pillar of the international economy. The WTO’s Agreement on Public Procurement (GPA) has emerged as a vital tool for harmonising and integrating the global public procurement market. Presently, India is an observer to the GPA, which is a preliminary first step in acceding to the agreement. This article provides an analysis of the regulatory mechanism of public procurement in India. It aims to underline the potential opportunities and legal challenges in the accession to the public procurement agreement. It argues that India should align its procurement policy on the principles of GPA, and accession to it should be a part of its trade policy.
Keywords: public procurement; trade law; WTO; Agreement on Government Procurement and Public Policy; India

Mukesh Rawat, Assistant Professor, School of Law, BGR Campus Pauri, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, India. For correspondence: <>. Dr KD Raju, Professor of Law, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property law, Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, India.


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