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Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in International Economic Law$
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Thilo Rensmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795650.001.0001

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SME Participation in Government Procurement Markets

SME Participation in Government Procurement Markets

Legal and Policy Considerations under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement

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(p.123) 5 SME Participation in Government Procurement Markets
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Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in International Economic Law
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Caroline Nicholas

Anna Caroline Müller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795650.003.0006

This chapter considers policy measures to increase the participation of SMEs in government procurement and their potential economic and social policy benefits. It considers the scale and importance of government procurement, and barriers to SME access to these markets. While some SME support policies are often considered to run counter to fundamental goals of government procurement (notably preference policies that may reduce competition and transparency), the chapter explains that many SME policies in fact support efficient and effective government procurement. It explores the synergies between such SME policies and measures designed to ensure cross-border access to government procurement markets. It considers relevant provisions in the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement, and concludes that their recent revisions to promote transparency and effectiveness in the pursuit of these policies are welcome, but that further work to ensure their effective application in practice is needed.

Keywords:   SMEs, government procurement, market access, international trade rules, World Trade Organization, Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA), UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement

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