YEREVAN, December 7. /ARKA/. On Tuesday, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Commission on Government Procurements approved Armenia’s joining the Commission, the press office of Armenian Economy Ministry reports.
Varos Simonian, head of an economy ministry department in charge of international economic cooperation, and Karen Brutian, head of a department in the ministry of finance overseeing government procurements, are in Geneva, Switzerland, for the session.
WTO Secretary General Pascal Lamy welcomed Armenia’s joining the agreement saying the Armenian authorities’ government procurement policy is in tune with WTO’s general principles.
When joining WTO in 2003 Armenia committed to join its Commission on Government Procurements.
The process was launched in 2009. A special task force was set up in Armenia to handle the process. It has submitted to WTO Secretariat a plan of primary proposals. Armenian delegations attended the Commission’s gathering in 2009 December as well in February, July and October 2010. It has also concluded a set of successful negotiations with WTO member countries USA, Switzerland, EU, Japan, Norway and Singapore.