Through our Legal Transition Programme (LTP) we continued working in 2014 to help World Trade Organization members adopt the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) of the WTO.

The EBRD provides countries with support to fulfil the legal requirements of the GPA and to negotiate with existing GPA members on the exact terms of accession to the agreement. The LTP provides legal assistance to ensure national procurement law complies with WTO requirements. It also offers support to prepare a country’s negotiating strategy with GPA members, as some business sectors may be exempt from the agreement.

Prospective signatories to the WTO GPA include Albania, Georgia, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine. Several other countries have committed themselves to initiating accession, including FYR Macedonia, Mongolia, Russia and Tajikistan.

Ukraine and Moldova have both received assistance to amend their national procurement laws and develop a negotiation strategy with existing GPA members – and have had their first results. Moldova is expected to finalise negotiations in 2015 and join the agreement by the end of the year.

These efforts to promote legal reforms help our countries of investment to overcome market barriers. Such reforms can improve the business climate and facilitate economic growth in the EBRD region.

Moldova is due to finalise GPA negotiations in 2015

Procurement reforms improve the business climate