African, Caribbean and Pacific countries need to press for increased protocol tonnage to safeguard itself, a scholar advised.
Ousted foreign affairs minister Kaliopate Tavola could be called to lead the Pacific’s Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks with the European Union.
Do the Pacific Islands’ negotiators genuinely hope they can negotiate a beneficial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union or are they simply going through the motions and doing what is required of them under the Cotonou Agreement 2000? In the secretive chess game of trade negotiations it is impossible to know.
Most of us are usually kept in the dark when it comes to assessing the impact of trade agreements signed by our government. But this should not be the trend because whatever agreements are signed by our leaders eventually affect us all.
Fiji is set to negotiate new bilateral economic partnership agreements with India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Fiji’s garment industry will face more problems if a free trade agreement (FTA) is signed between Australia and China, says Fiji Textile Clothing and Footwear President, Ramesh Solanki.
New Zealand’s chances of securing free trade talks with the United States have taken a knock.
Fiji has announced it is ready to implement a regional free trade agreement, the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), as soon as practicable.
Non-Governmental Organisation’s and regional civil society organizations are concerned that not enough thought is being given to trade agreements, says coordinator Stanley Simpson.
It has been a relatively easy matter for Pacific Islands Country (PIC)
governments to sign regional trade agreements such as PICTA (Pacific Island
Countries Trade Agreement - excluding Australia and New Zealand) and PACER (Pacific Agreement for Closer Economic Relations - including Australia and NZ.)
Recent experience with the implementation the Melanesian Spearhead Group
(MSG) Free Trade Area Agreement effectively illustrates how Pacific
leaders sign regional and international agreements without adequate consultation and assessment at national and local level.