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PACER Meetings To Progress Negotiations

PACER Meetings To Progress Negotiations
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December 10
10:00 2014

A series of meetings on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus are being held in Nadi this week.

This is to progress the negotiations and to seek input from the Non-State Actors (NSAs) on PACER Plus.

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, said “PACER Plus has an extremely important role in forging regional integration in the Pacific.

“Forum Trade Ministers directed officials to intensify their engagement on PACER Plus, taking into account issues of importance to the Forum Island Countries and progress the negotiations in line with the Roadmap adopted in 2013.”

The Seventh Meeting of PACER Plus Officials will be held tomorrow.

It will be preceded by preparatory technical meetings during the week, co-ordinated by the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA).

Forum Island Countries Chief Trade Adviser, Dr Edwini Kessie, said: “Officials are expect to bridge the gaps in their positions on a number of issues paving the way for the conclusion of negotiations on some of the key priority issues in PACER Plus.

Immediately after the conclusion of the Seventh Meeting of PACER Plus Officials, the Fourth NSAs Dialogue on PACER Plus will be convened on Friday to seek NSA input on the various aspects of PACER Plus engagement.

“The Secretariat is committed to supporting an inclusive approach to the PACER Plus negotiations,” Mr Dame Meg said.

“This is ensuring that the NSAs are regularly briefed on the progress on PACER Plus and their input is taken into consideration as the Agreement takes shape.

“We will be working closely with the Forum Members and the OCTA to ensure that NSA engagement is an integral part of PACER Plus negotiations.”

The PACER Plus agreement being negotiated between the 14 Forum Island Countries, and Australia and New Zealand.

It is expected to boost private sector development and create economic growth and employment opportunities, and bring the Forum economies closer.

 

 

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