Fiji and PNG still not agreeing to PACER-Plus deal

Nov 24 2016: The PACER-plus deal between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island nations was supposed to be signed this year, after agreement in principle to the legal text was announced in August, with details on tariffs and other market access issues to be agreed by the end of the year.

However, PNG then withdrew from negotiations on the grounds that the proposed deal would not deliver benefits to the PNG economy, and Fiji continues to describe the deal as too one-sided, and call for greater concessions from Australia and New Zealand.

Without the participation of the Pacific’s two largest economies it is unlikely that the deal will be signed this year.