30 May 2012

Preferential Access to Procurement by Government

Specific provisions of the agreements under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), namely Article III:8 (a) of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1994 and Article XIII:1 of General Agreement on Trade in Services, allow exemption from the WTO obligations on application of domestic laws, regulations or requirements governing the procurement of governmental agencies of products purchases for governmental purposes and not with view to use in the production of goods for commercial use. This provision is factored in by the Government in the policy formulated from time to time. 

This information was given by Shri Jyotiradiya M. Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha

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