Call for independence of the Office of Chief Trade Advisor

May 2011

The recent Pacific Island Forum Trade Ministers Meeting, held in Tonga on 18th & 19th May 2011, failed to resolve the issue of funding for the Office of Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA). The issue was deferred until the Pacific Island Fourm Leaders Meeting in Auckland in September, timed for the Rugby World Cup.

AFTINET and Aid/Watch have issued a call for both Australia and New Zealand to fund the OCTA with no strings attached. Follow this link to download the media release.

The call for no strings attached funding has recieved some media attention already with reports on Radio New Zealand, ABC Radio National's Pacbeat program, Island Business and PACNEWS.