Pacific Islands Trade Agreement
September 6, 2016: Professor Roman Grynberg, former long-time trade advisor at the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat, says Pacific parliaments should NOT ratify the proposed PACER Plus trade deal with Australia and New Zealand,
August 29, 2016
PACER-Plus negotiators claimed progress in talks last week, despite the withdrawal of PNG, and claims that Australia and New Zealand have "strong armed" others to agree on the text, according to a Fiji Sun article. Market access negotiations will continue in October.
24 August 2016
Australian Unions are calling on Australia and New Zealand to "back off, release the text and conduct a proper assessment so we can see if this will actually help working people across the Pacific – or if it's just another corporate con." See more here.
23 August 2016
We join the South Pacific Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) and APHEDA in our concerns about the lack of worker representation at the inaugural Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting, being held alongside the PACER-plus Ministerial meeting in Christchurch this week. Read their media release here.
12 August 2016
Pacific Island advocacy group PANG recently published their report "Defending Pacific Ways of Life: A Peoples Social Impact Assessment of PACER-Plus". Since then, PANG reports that 47 organisations, including AFTINET, have endorsed this report and demanded the release of all PACER-plus texts and for no decision to be made until a fully funded and independent social impact assessment can take place.
PANG is now calling for individuals to sign their endorsement of this report via their petition by August 19.
8 August 2016
Papua New Guinea's Trade Minister Richard Maru has told new Australian Assistant Minister for Trade Keith Pitt that PNG would not participate in the PACER-Plus deal, according to ABC news reports.
"I know the Australian Government has been actively pushing the PACER-Plus policy within the region,” Mr Maru said. “I've made it clear that PNG is not interested and that I have directed all my officers not to entertain any negotiations."
22 June 2016
A new report by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has urged Pacific Island countries to walk away from PACER-Plus trade talks.
The report, titled ‘Defending Pacific ways of life: A People’s Social Impact Assessment of PACER-Plus,’ comprises of assessments from leading academics in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia and looks at leaked PACER-Plus text. It concludes that Australia and New Zealand are pushing their own interests at the expense of the Pacific, and recommends that Pacific island governments should retain their legal right to regulate to protect their national development interests, which include the ownership and control of land, natural resources and the environment.
18 April 2016
Completing secret negotiations on the India FTA and PACER-Plus agreement during the election period could violate the caretaker convention and would be undemocratic.