Stop rush to finish India and Pacific Island trade deals before elections

MEDIA RELEASE, April 14 2016“Trade Envoy Andrew Robb’s stated intention to complete secret negotiations on the India FTA in the next six weeks could violate the Caretaker Convention which states that governments should not finalise trade deals in the election period, which is likely to be from May 11 to July 2,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. 

Dr Ranald said that final negotiations are also scheduled in June for the PACER-plus trade deal with the Pacific Islands and there are ongoing bilateral negotiations with WTO members on the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. Other trade negotiations are ongoing, but finalisation is not imminent.

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