A region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences.
PACER-Plus will have a serious impact on the ability for Solomon Islanders to determine for themselves their own development future.
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.
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.
The decision by Vanuatu not to sign PACER-Plus sets the benchmark for a how to progress on PACER-Plus ahead of the signing
The Vanuatu government has announced it will not sign the PACER Plus trade and development deal in Tonga.
There’s been a call for more time to be given to Pacific civil society organisations and the private sector to assess the proposed regional free trade deal known as PACER Plus.
Tuvalu’s cabinet has agreed to sign the PACER-Plus regional trade agreement following a two-day national consultation last week.
As released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand
Dozens of civil society groups in the Pacific have reiterated their criticism of the PACER Plus trade deal, and said it is likely to fail the people of the Pacific.
The PACER Plus Trade Agreement will be signed by 14 Pacific Island countries including Australia and New Zealand on June 14 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
One of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most insightful, if low key, foreign policy initiatives was to work to deepen relations with more than a dozen island nations of Oceania.
But 14-nation deal may be largely symbolic without Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
A new guide allows Pacific Islanders to better understand the impacts of the recently concluded and controversial regional Free Trade Agreement, known as PACER-Plus.
Fiji’s trade minister Faiyaz Koya says Fiji will approach Australia after missing out on the conclusion of the PACER Plus talks.
There were promises that the agreement would be for the benefit of the Pacific. But it has been shaped more by the advantages to Australia and New Zealand exporters than the aspirations of the Pacific’s people.
Fiji did not pull out of the PACER Plus trade negotiations. It had been excluded.
PNG and Fiji’s rejection shows that the agreement is heavily skewed towards the interests of Australia and New Zealand - despite early rhetoric that the agreement was about development needs.
The deal could be signed as early as April and without the two biggest Pacific Island economies, PNG and Fiji.
The Minerals Council of Australia has called on the Government to pursue further trade liberalization through bilateral and regional trading agreements.