‘China’s Accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement – What are the Opportunities?

Taylor Wessing LLP 5 New Street Square London EC4A 3TW. 4 November 2015.

Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply


David Stringer-Lamarre, within his role as Chairman of IoD City of London was pleased to be the Event Chairman for this informative and contemporary event. The speakers were very good and provided a wealth of information and thought provoking comments.

The event sponsor was APEX Analytix, a US company that uses innovative people, processes and technology to help safeguard disbursements and maximise profitability globally.

China’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement will change China in a very significant way, with huge market opening, governance improvement and a trigger to more opening of emerging economies, similar to what happened when China joined the WTO. This event was timely with the vast opportunities that will be offered by the new silk route and co-operation between Europe and Asian countries with China under the “One Belt One Road” initiative.

The speakers were

  • Nicholas C Niggli – Head of Economic, Finance, Science.& Innovation Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK
  • David Noble FCIPS – CEO of CIPS since 2009 and formerly Group Supply Director of IMI plc
  • Ping Wang – Deputy Director of the Public Procurement Research Group at University of Nottingham
  • Robert Fenner – Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP specialising in M&A

Richard Masser, Chairman Elect of CIPS provided the vote of thanks and spoke about his vision for CIPS in the year ahead.