Fiji withdraws from PACER-Plus negotiations

10 September 2016
Fiji has withdrawn from negotiations for the proposed PACER-Plus regional free trade agreement and NZ's trade minister has canceled a trade trip to Fiji.
This follows the withdrawal of Papua New Guinea earlier this year and means that the two biggest Pacific island economies have now abandoned the talks. 
Fiji’s trade minister cited the inflexibility of Australia and New Zealand as a reason for the withdrawal. 
AFTINET has been critical of the PACER-plus deal for many years. Read more about our position here.