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WTO strikes deal to open government purchasing Add to ...

The Doha round of global free trade talks is dead, but Canada and dozens of countries are forging ahead with a deal to open up government purchases, worth as much $100-billion a year.

More than a decade in the making, the landmark World Trade Organization agreement opens access to potentially lucrative contracts for Canadian suppliers of transportation infrastructure, telecommunications and financial services, particularly at the subnational government level.

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