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A-G questions agreement merits
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has questioned the merits of trade agreements that serve to benefit the economically powerful more than developing economies.
PACER Plus ineffective without Fiji: AG
Any regional economic agreement that excludes Fiji will be an ineffective instrument for trade and development says Trade Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Pacific ACP ready to sign EPA by year end
Pacific ACP countries have again reiterated their commitments to conclude negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) by the end of the year.
Trade agreement between the European Union and Pacific countries
The agreement provides for the elimination of tariffs and more flexible rules of origin for various food products from Fiji and PNG, such as fish. But the European Parliament has asked the Commission to suspend the exceptions to the rules of origin if this year proves to have "a disruptive impact" on European industry.
Fiji and Papua New Guinea: green light for economic agreement
MEPs on Wednesday gave their green light for the Council to conclude an Interim Economic Partnership Agreement with Papua New Guinea and Fiji, two countries of the Pacific Region with significant exports to the EU.
Fiji stops Pacific sugar exports to meet EU quota
Fiji has ceased exporting sugar to the Pacific region in order to meet its export quota to the UK (meaning Tate & Lyle) under preferential prices of the Economic Partnership Agreement.
EU trade pacts
A new study shows that the effects of EPAs - under which African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are expected to offer duty-free access to ’substantially all’ EU imports - will be felt differently by women and men in their roles as producers, consumers and users of services.
Fiji joins EU-Pacific regional trade agreement
Fiji has today in Copenhagen signed on to the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the countries of the Pacific.
Fiji will pull out from trade agreements
Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji will pull out of the Trade Agreement negotiations.
Pacific leaders agree on aid, free trade negotiations
An agreement was reached to progress Pacer Plus, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations, and to keep Fiji informed but not formally involved in the process.
EU defends fleet
Fiji is on the verge of signing off on an economic partnership agreement with the European Union. But one of the main beneficiaries of the agreement —our fisheries sector— cannot enjoy any of the duty-free, quota-free access because it does not meet stringent EU rules and regulations.
$1bn under threat
The Fiji Sugar Corporation might not be able to meet the first quota under the billion-dollar export deal with the European Union if cane supply problems continue.
Govt ‘must include workers in EPA talks’
The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has written to the interim Government to include workers in talks regarding the various trade agreements Fiji is treaty to.
Tate & Lyle enters into long-term agreement on the supply of raw sugar with Fiji Sugar Corporation Ltd
Tate & Lyle has entered into a long-term agreement on the supply of raw sugar for preferential import into the European Union under the provisions of the Economic Partnership Agreement between Fiji and the European Union.
$1bn deal
The Fiji Sugar Corporation has sealed a $1 billion deal for the supply of raw sugar as preferential imports to the European Union market over the next seven years.
Trade deals spark warning
The Pacific Network on Globalisation warned Pacific governments to be wary of viewing Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement as "stepping stone" towards free trade deals with rich nations.
Don’t pursue ’free trade’ policies: PANG
The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) says Pacific governments should not pursue foreign imposed ‘free trade’ policies that will lead to business closures and more job losses. This follows news that Flour Mills of Fiji has closed down two milling factories and put on hold $30 million worth of projects that would have created 120 new jobs.
EU-Pacific interim FTA (2007)
Initialled by Papua New Guinea and Fiji on 23 November 2007
Fiji, PNG mum on EPA signing
Fiji and Papua New Guinea are silent on reports they were pressured into signing an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
EPA draft ready for endorsement: Expert
Fiji’s first technical draft offers to the European Union on an Economic Partnership Agreement have yet to receive the interim Government’s endorsement, says Forum Secretariat consultant, Mere Falemaka.