‘Discriminatory’ government procurement rules repealed

政府优先采购自主创新产品“不平等”规定叫停 | 《商法》

Three sets of rules which were seen to give Chinese companies preferential treatment in government procurement were scrapped on 1 July.

The rules had been criticized as discriminating against foreign companies and foreign investment enterprises by giving priority to products containing “indigenous” Chinese innovations. International companies had lobbied hard in late 2009 in opposition to the rules.

Davide Cucino, president of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, hailed the scrapping of the rules as “another step forward following clarification from the Chinese government to the European Chamber in December 2009 that indigenous innovation policies were never intended to be discriminatory”.

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