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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

India can join WTO pact

India is not a member of the WTO agreement on government procurement and has so far resisted the attempts by the developed countries like the US and European Union to subject Indian state purchases to the multilateral bidding rules.

While the observer status will not mean India immediately coming on the board, it could signal that the country would eventually play the ball, a source said.

The WTO agreement on government purchases is an accord among 30 select countries and is voluntary in nature.

The central government alone has an expenditure budget of Rs 10 lakh crore (approx $125 billion) of which at least more than one third is spent on state purchases. The multinational companies see it as a huge opportunity but find the procurement procedures falling short of global guidelines.