February 10, 1999
SECOND MEETING OF THE NEGOTIATING GROUP ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
Miami, February 8-9, 1999
The second meeting of the Negotiating Group on Government Procurement (NGGP)
took place in Miami, Florida from February 8 to 9, 1999. Delegates from the
following twenty-two countries were present: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia,
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela. The NGGP
covered all issues listed on the agenda, which is attached to this communique.
Specifically, the negotiating group worked toward the formulation of a chapter
on government procurement to ensure openness and transparency and address
coverage. The NGGP also discussed the availability and compatibility of country
by country government procurement statistics. The discussion of both topics
included consideration of written submissions by delegations. The NGGP agreed to
the following tentative date for its next meeting: April 7 to 9, 1999.