NGOs maintain opposition to PACER Plus as text released

1 June 2017: Pacific civil society groups meeting in Vanuatu on May 31 have criticised the PACER-plus deal  ahead of a proposed signing next month, without the two largest economies of Fiji and PNG, which have said the deal does not benefit them.

After a long campaign by civil society groups, the text of the proposed PACER-plus agreement was finally released on May 31. The groups have asked for more time to assess the text and repeated their call for a properly funded independent social, cultural, environmental and human rights impact assessment to be undertaken. See petition here.