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Tonga says it is still in PACER Plus
Tonga’s prime minister has denied that Tonga has withdrawn from the regional trade deal known as PACER Plus.
Tonga withdraws from PACER Plus
Tonga’s prime minister says his country is no longer a signatory to the regional trade deal known as PACER Plus.
NZ told PACER Plus deal could be destructive for the Pacific
An analyst says New Zealand’s planned trade deal with the Pacific Island nations could be extremely damaging to their economies.
New Zealand risks ’strategic nincompoop’ status in the Pacific
New Zealand risks being seen as a “strategic nincompoop, at best” if it persists with attempts to bind Pacific Island countries into the New Zealand and Australian economies using mechanisms such as the PACER Plus.
Pacific trade deal PACER-Plus is PACER-minus
PNG and Fiji’s unwillingness to participate demonstrates that the agreement is heavily skewed towards the interests of Australia and New Zealand.
Australia emphasises relationship with NZ in trade plans
Australia has reiterated the importance of New Zealand to its foreign policy direction with particular emphasis on the role it sees New Zealand playing in its economic engagement with Pacific island countries.
PACER Plus signatories urged to examine their commitments
Pacific countries already signed up to the PACER Plus are being urged to more closely examine their commitments under the deal, including the implications for customary land.
Papua New Guinea eyes new era of trading
A new trade policy looks set to shift Papua New Guinea’s focus towards the development of bilateral ties and away from multinational agreements as part of broader efforts to create a more balanced trading environment.
Vanuatu businesses unhappy with PACER signing
The private sector in Vanuatu has expressed surprise the government had reversed its position on the PACER PLUS trade deal despite opposition from the businesses affected.
Vanuatu signs up to PACER Plus
Vanuatu has signed up to PACER Plus trade deal in Samoa - three months after most regional countries agreed to the trade agreement.
Koya: Talks with PNG minister Pato fruitful
The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources said the meeting involved discussions on the ‘way forward’ with the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement.
PACER Plus countries prepare for trade deal ratification
With the signing process now concluded, PACER Plus will take effect 60 days after eight negotiating parties complete their domestic processes and have notified the depositary accordingly.
PNG firmly out of Pacer-Plus
Papua New Guinea is still realigning internal issues and is not ready to make commitments under Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (Pacer-Plus) an official says.
Vanuatu parliament unites in opposition to PACER Plus
The Vanuatu opposition has congratulated the government for its decision not to sign the PACER Plus trade agreement.
PACER-Plus trade deal signed in Tonga
A region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences.
Joey Tau: Can the MSG bloc walk out on the PACER-Plus trade deal?
PACER-Plus will have a serious impact on the ability for Solomon Islanders to determine for themselves their own development future.
Tonga’s PSA keen to delay signing Pacer Plus deal
The Tonga Public Service Association has called for a delay in the signing of the PACER Plus trade and development deal until the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in September.
PACER-Plus: Disappointment and lost opportunity
The PACER-Plus model of development is based on an increasingly questionable form of economics which naively imagines that national economies will adapt automatically to enhanced price signals from liberalised international markets from which ’distortions’ are removed.
Vanuatu sets PACER-Plus benchmark
The decision by Vanuatu not to sign PACER-Plus sets the benchmark for a how to progress on PACER-Plus ahead of the signing
Vanuatu not ready to sign PACER Plus
The Vanuatu government has announced it will not sign the PACER Plus trade and development deal in Tonga.