Development, not PACER-Plus

September 6, 2017: Adam Wolfenden from the Pacific Network on Globalisation has written an excellent opinion piece questioning why PACER-Plus is so high on the priority agenda at the annual Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in Samoa this month.

PACER-Plus, the trade deal that supposedly aims to increase regional integration, does not include Papua New Guinea or Fiji (the Pacific’s two largest island economies), Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia. After holding off for some months, Vanuatu will reportedly now sign the deal.

Adam writes, What is needed is not greater Forum resources going into watching over those governments who have signed to ensure they complete ratification but time and space for Pacific governments to assess the full implications of this deal and make a clear, rationale decision that reflects the interest of the people.”