Saturday, July 18, 2009
On July 15, the customs territory of Taipei, Phengu, Kinmen and Matsu (collectively known as "Chinese Taipei") joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) Procurement Agreement. Chinese Taipei has been a member of the WTO since January 1, 2002. There are currently 41 members of the WTO Procurement Agreement and nine more States are negotiating membership. The purpose of the Agreement is to open up government procurement to international competition by eliminating discrimination in government procurement against products, services, or providers from other WTO Member States and by increasing transparency in government procurement.