The WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is a tariff liberalisation agreement. Canada is a signatory to the World Trade Organization on Public Procurement (WTO GPA) agreement, which aims to open up public procurement among participants. The province is subject to the WTO GPA through an agreement between the province and the Government of Canada. The WTO GPA sets rules that impose open, fair and transparent conditions of competition. The Province of British Columbia is a party to a number of trade agreements, including the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Canadian National Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) and is subject to the provisions of some other trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization`s Public Procurement Agreement (OMCPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. Departments must respect the terms of these trade agreements when contracting. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) is a Canada-EU trade agreement that aims to abolish and reduce tariffs, facilitate tariffs and trade, ensure non-discriminatory market access, promote regulatory cooperation, establish compliance assessments for product assessment and certification , to enable the mobility of workers and to open public procurement. Although the CETA negotiations are complete, it has not yet entered into force. On October 30, 1947, Canada and 22 other nations signed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva. The aim was to promote international trade by removing barriers such as tariffs and taxes on products imported from another country. This should be a temporary agreement until the itO is officially established. However, the difficulties encountered in the negotiations have left THE GATT, for nearly 50 years, as the most important agreement on world trade. The development of trade agreementsA visual study of more than 800 trade agreements signed between 1947 and 2016.
The CPTPP contains many public procurement provisions, which are similar to Canada`s other obligations in the international trade agreement on non-discrimination, fairness, openness and transparency. Unless otherwise provided by the CPTPP, its procurement obligations apply to the Province of British Columbia and to provincial departments, boards of directors, commissions, agencies and committees. (b) the agreements covered by Schedule 4 of this agreement, which have been accepted by Canada since the last WTO report came into force in 2015, four free trade agreements: the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement and the modernized Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. A modernized free trade agreement between Canada and Israel is expected to enter into force before the end of the year. Under the WTO`s Bali Package, the Trade Facilitation Agreement will be particularly important for Canada`s agriculture and food sectors, which together export more than $44 billion a year.