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.
Pacific Islands Trade Agreement
The PACER-plus deal with Pacific Island nations is likely to do more harm than good.
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3 May 2017: The PACER-plus agreement between Australia, New Zealand and 12 Pacific Island countries was finalised in Brisbane in April 2017, but without Papua New Guinea and Fiji, the Pacific’s two largest island economies. Both governments have said the agreement threatens their infant industries and would not benefit their economies.
30 April 2017: The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has published a People’s Guide to PACER-Plus, aiming to explain the agreement and its impacts on the Pacific in accessible language.
PANG Coordinator, Ms Maureen Penjueli said it was crucial that every Pacific Islander has the opportunity to know how it will affect them, not just today but into the future.
24 April 2017: Member of Parliament for the New Zealand Green Party and former director of Oxfam NZ, Barry Cotes, has called for a rethink of the PACER-plus trade agreement finalised, but not signed, in Brisbane last week.
MEDIA RELEASE, April 20, 2017: AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today that Australia should not proceed with the PACER-Plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and only 12 of the original 14 Pacific Island countries. Without the two largest economies, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, PACER-Plus has failed as a regional agreement.
4 April 2017: AFTINET has written an open letter to Trade Minister Steven Ciobo urging Australia not to proceed with signing the PACER-plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island countries.
The deal could be signed as early as April and without the two biggest Pacific Island economies, PNG and Fiji.
23 March 2017: According to recent media reports, Australia and New Zealand’s PACER-plus deal with Pacific Island nations could be signed as early as April - without the two biggest island economies Fiji and PNG.
March 14, 2017: More news reports of Pacific Island workers being exploited while working in Australia show the dangers of expanding temporary foreign workers in Australia without ensuring their rights at work are protected.
March 1, 2017: Australia and New Zealand are exerting more pressure to conclude the PACER-plus negotiations with Pacific Island nations, which have been ongoing for eight years, says PANG campaigner Adam Wolfenden.