More than a decade of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) states and the European Union (EU) came to naught in Brussels last month.
Papua New Guinea’s trade Minister, Richard Maru, recently set a cat amongst the pigeons by saying that PNG was not interested in the regional trade negotiations known as PACER-Plus. Specifically, Minister Maru commented that “our feelings at the moment is that PACER Plus would be one sided in favour of ...
Is there life in PACER Plus if Papua New Guinea joins Fiji in opting out of trade talks with Australia and New Zealand? This became a hot topic of discussions when PNG’s trade minister Richard Maru announced at the inaugural Melanesian Spearhead Group’s trade ministers meeting in Nadi last month ...
When Pacific trade negotiators sit down later this month with their European Commission counterparts to carve out the finer details of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the pressure points would be fishery, market access and services.
We had sought an update on PACER Plus negotiations from Dr Edwini Kessie, the Chief Trade Adviser for Pacific Islands Forum Countries based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Reprinted below are his responses to questions put forward by ISLANDS BUSINESS.
The renewed sense of optimism surrounding the start of PACER Plus negotiations between the Pacific Islands Forum Countries and Australia and New Zealand reportedly suffered a bit of a setback at their last inter-sessional negotiation session last month.
Samoa has become the first Forum Island Country to ratify the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) Trade in Services (TIS) Protocol.
ACP–EU relations have been in existence for quite a while but what great gains has it achieved, for at least one of its small islands member in the Pacific, Palau, asks its former Vice President, Sandra Pierantozzi.
I bought a banana in Canberra last weekend. The one single banana cost me two Australian dollars. For the same money, I bought two dozen sweet bananas in Honiara (the Solomon Islands) a month ago.
Forget China. The next best thing, if you want a new market brimming with more opportunities than you can swallow, is much closer to home than you think.
As the incoming Chief Trade Adviser (CTA) for Pacific Islands Countries, Dr Edwini Kessie has his job cut out for him. When he takes his leave from the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva to join the Office of the CTA in Port ...
How can the Pacific region’s agriculture and forestry industries access the booming Chinese economy and its growing need for food and timber?
A free-trade agreement between Australia and New Zealand and the independent Pacific islands gained momentum at meetings in the Marshall Islands in mid-May, said Australian Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific Richard Marles at the wrap up of the Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting.
For many months now the Pacific has been waiting, just waiting for the EU to finally respond to its proposals for ending the EPA negotiations.
Geopolitical groupings all over the world—more so groupings of developing countries that are funded by nations of the developed world—find themselves caught up in an escalating state of flux as strong winds of change blowing from different directions begin to disturb the long established status quo.
If the mana in kava still packs a punch, it is sorely needed. The Pacific’s kava producing nations are engaged in yet another rescue mission to save once and for all the reputation of this commodity.
Exports of premium Pacific islands beer will soon hit the bars in Australia and New Zealand as Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) diversifies into beer.
New Caledonia’s nickel industry is being transformed as new joint ventures and exports to Asia challenge France’s control of the strategic minerals sector.
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (UNDP) --- Tuvalu is looking to trade to achieve some of its key development objectives, including alleviating poverty. The Tuvalu Government is seeking to achieve this through the Trade Capacity Building and Institution Strengthening project, launched today. The project will assist the Department of Trade, the private sector ...
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PORT MORESBY, PNG (THE NATIONAL) ---- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says there are good opportunities along the border areas to develop relations between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, particularly at Wutung, West Sepik
Last month, Sir Mekere Morauta launched a new website, calling for public submissions into his review of the Pacific Plan. Over the next eight months, the former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister will lead a team around the region to look at the plan, which is supposed to set priorities ...
As Pacific members of the ACP group scramble to finalise their economic partnership agreement with the Europeans, scepticism is mounting over the ability of the islands to negotiate in solidarity as one single bloc.
If there is one best kept secret in the region, it is the appointment of the new chief trade adviser (CTA) to replace Dr Chris Noonan at the Office of the Chief Adviser (OCTA).
Ten years of negotiations with the European Union for an economic partnership agreement and the Pacific members of the ACP group still haven’t got a permanent deal.
On September 27, the EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states turned 10.
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