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Potential Accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement: A Case-Study on India


  • Sangeeta Khorana
  • Sujitha Subramanian


The World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) is a voluntary plurilateral agreement applicable to WTO members that choose to be Parties to the Agreement. Most developing countries, including India, are not members of the GPA. This case study presents an insight into India's current procurement framework, evaluates the prospects for, and comments on the principal constraints and challenges to India's GPA accession. The findings suggest that, though the Indian procurement system is evolving and aims to align the regime with the GPA, there are considerable policy issues, capacity constraints, corruption and transparency failures in procurement practices that will need to be addressed before India can join the WTO GPA. Oxford University Press 2012, all rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

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  • Sangeeta Khorana & Sujitha Subramanian, 2012. "Potential Accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement: A Case-Study on India," Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(1), pages 287-309, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jieclw:v:15:y:2012:i:1:p:287-309

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    1. Sangeeta Khorana & Maria Garcia, 2013. "European Union–India Trade Negotiations: One Step Forward, One Back?," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(4), pages 684-700, July.
    2. Jan Orbie & Sangeeta Khorana, 2015. "Normative versus market power Europe? The EU-India trade agreement," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 253-264, September.
    3. Sangeeta Khorana & Anand Asthana, 2014. "EU FTA negotiations with India: The question of liberalisation of public procurement," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 251-263, September.
    4. Sangeeta Khorana & Kirsten Ferguson-Boucher & William A. Kerr, 2015. "Governance Issues in the EU's e-Procurement Framework," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 53(2), pages 292-310, March.

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