Aware of the importance of using and promoting electronic means to obtain the agreement; The GPA contains a number of provisions to ensure that tendering procedures for public procurement are transparent, effective and fair in the signatory countries. The signatories agreed: that: The current signatories of this agreement (in April 2014) are: Armenia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, the European Union – whose member states are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (including Aruba), Poland , Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom — , Iceland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Norway, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. Any other WTO member government may accede to this agreement on terms agreed by that government and the current signatories. The WTO Public Procurement Agreement is a « multilateral » agreement that means it applies to a number of WTO members, but not all members. To be covered by the GPA, public procurement must meet minimum value thresholds. These vary depending on the type of purchasing unit and the contract. You will find the current thresholds in the WTO`s table of thresholds (link offsite). The principles and procedural requirements set out in the text of the agreement do not automatically apply to all purchasing activities of each party. Only plans set out in the parties` hedging plans must be executed in accordance with the GPA rules. Aware of the need for an effective multilateral framework for public procurement to increase the liberalization and expansion of international trade governance and to improve the framework for the implementation of international trade; When a undersigned government feels that its rights under this agreement are nullified or compromised by another signatory, it may request the initiation of WTO dispute settlement procedures to resolve the issue. The WTO dispute settlement procedure is described in the exporter`s guide to the WTO dispute settlement agreement.