Public procurement—Singapore—Q&A guide
Public procurement—Singapore—Q&A guide

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement—Singapore—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the relevant legislation regulating the award of public contracts?
  • 2. Is there any sector-specific procurement legislation supplementing the general regime?
  • 3. In which respect does the relevant legislation supplement the EU procurement directives or the GPA?
  • 4. Are there proposals to amend the legislation?
  • 5. Which, or what kinds of, entities are subject to procurement regulation?
  • 6. Are contracts under a certain value outside the scope of procurement regulation? What are these threshold values?
  • 7. Does the legislation permit the amendment of a concluded contract without a new contract award procedure?
  • 8. Has case law clarified the extent to which it is permissible to amend a concluded contract without a new contract award procedure?
  • 9. In what circumstances do privatisations require the carrying out of a contract award procedure?
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Public procurement—Singapore—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to public procurement in Singapore published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: May 2020).

Authors: CMS Holborn Asia—Kelvin Aw; Adrian Wong; Lynette Chew

1. What is the relevant legislation regulating the award of public contracts?

The key legislation is the Government Procurement Act (Cap. 120) (the Act), which includes the following subsidiary legislation:

  1. the Government Procurement (Application) Order, which outlines the authorities, procurement types and contract values that are either subject to or excluded from the Act;

  2. the Government Procurement Regulations 2014, which specifies the necessary principles and procedures of the procurement process itself; and

  3. the Government Procurement (Challenge Proceedings) Regulations, which outline the procedure for the Government Procurement Adjudication Tribunal to hear and determine challenges brought by a bidder whose owed duty was breached.

As Singapore is a signatory to the World Trade Organization’s 1994 Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-GPA) and several free trade agreements (FTAs), Singapore’s procurement regime is bound by its international commitments and internationally upheld standards. Specifically, the WTO-GPA facilitates the conduct of business and procurement by promoting free domestic and international trade, whereas FTAs grant Singaporean firms access to procurement opportunities in other nations, and vice versa. Bilateral FTAs typically reiterate the principles of the WTO-GPA, but also include more favourable threshold limits for

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