Australia wants to finish PACER- plus talks with or without Fiji
February 1, 2017: Fiji broadcasting Corporation reports thatAustralian Assistant Trade Minister Pitt said that Australia wants to conclude the PACER- plus negotiations as soon as possible this year.
PNG has confirmed it will not be involved. Mister Pitt said that Australia would be pleased if Fiji was a founding member but after eight years it wanted to complete the talks.
As PNG and Fiji are the two largest Pacific Island economies, there is a question over whether the deal can proceed without them. Read more here.