UPDATE: August 2010 - PACER-Plus - Call to Suspend Talks
Pacific civil society has called for the PACER-Plus talks to be suspended pending promised national consultations being undertaken; funding and adequate staffing for the office of the Chief Trade Advisor; an easing of the impacts and an evaluation of the of the global financial crisis; alternative trade options are examined; there is a guarantee to exclude comprehensive services and investment chapters; there is a delinking of the labour mobility program; adequate funding and training is provided for capacity building of local trade officials and key stakeholders; a human rights and gender analysis is undertaken and there is active involvement from civil society as promised by the leaders. Follow this link for a copy of the Pacific Statement.
AFTINET, along with many civil society organisations in Australia and New Zealand have supported this call from the Pacific to suspend the talks. Follow this link for a copy of the statement.
For more information and to view AFTINET submissions see our PACER resources, or see the following organisations working on the issue of trade in the Pacific Islands.