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Trade Effects of Rules on Procurement for Commonwealth ACP Members

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This Economic Paper assesses the potential trade effects of rules on procurement policies in Commonwealth ACP countries. It provides a practical guide for policymakers and negotiators to determine the impact of government procurement rules and policies taken at the national level or negotiated in trade agreements.

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Definitions and Clarifications

Before turning to the substance of the report, it is important to shed some light on the terminology used in the context of procurement and international trade. The terminology is not standard and many people use terms differently. Whatever terms are used, however, it is critical to understand what is meant by them in order to appreciate the significance of what is being discussed or negotiated. The following terms are used in this report.

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