Preparing for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

May 1, 2014 8:30am

Brenda Swick
Partner
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

  • What impact will this agreement have on federal, provincial, and municipal government procurement?
  • What will the enforcement mechanism look like?
  • What will the dispute settlement mechanism look like? How will this impact provinces and municipalities?
  • How will CETA impact infrastructure procurement?
  • What will be the impact of Ontario’s “Local Knowledge” requirement in relation to CETA and infrastructure procurement contracts?
  • Strategies for the MUSH sector to overcome the anticipated significant administrative costs and litigation risks arising from:
    • Expanding the scope of procurement practices
    • Reporting upon, accounting for and defending procurement choices
    • Compensating unsuccessful bidders where CETA procedures are not strictly observed
  • Critical new developments under other key trade agreements, including Buy America, AIT, TPP, WTO, Canada-US Agreement on Government Procurement, and their implications to the public procurement process