The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission as part of the Australian Government’s consultation on ‘Australian accession: WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)’.

AFPA supports competition in the global trade of goods and services where there is a level playing field in terms of the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers and comparable safety and environmental standards.

As identified in the background briefing provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the proposed WTO Agreement on GPA, the government procurement market is already open to competition from foreign suppliers.

However, in terms of the current Australian Government procurement system, AFPA has previously raised concerns regarding the lack of awareness and implementation amongst procurement officials of the environmental sustainability guidelines when purchasing paper products within the procurement system.

 

Submission on ‘Australian accession: WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)’