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Solomons ratifies Pacer Plus amid calls for re-think
Solomon Islands is the sixth country to ratify Pacer Plus. The agreement comes into force 60 days after at least eight of the 11 signatories have ratified.
Pacific shouldering burden in unbalanced PACER-Plus Trade Deal
The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are taking on disproportionate binding commitments in exchange for false promises of benefits from the regional free trade deal known as PACER-Plus.
PACER-Plus development assistance analysis: No new money but still with strings attached
What the development assistance arrangement results in, is aid money, tightly controlled by Australia and New Zealand to flow to areas that will make Forum Island Countries uphold their commitments on market access, ultimately benefiting the two metropolitan Parties.
PACER-Plus labour mobility analysis: Unbound promises and an annual meeting
PACER-Plus itself achieved little by way of actual improvements for Pacific Islander workers to access the labour markets of Australia and New Zealand.
Pacer Plus set to come on stream later this year - Cooks Deputy PM
The trade deal known as Pacer Plus will have immediate benefits for the Cook Islands when it comes into force later this year, says the Cooks’ deputy prime minister.
Tonga ready to ratify PACER Plus
Tonga’s government has committed to ratifying the Pacer Plus trade deal.
Interview with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
In this interview, we discuss the PACER+ trade deal, the post Cotonou talks with the EU and the influence of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific region.
Cook Islands to ratify PACER Plus
Cook Islands Prime Minister has signalled his government will shortly ratify a major regional trade agreement.
Mixed reviews on Pacific Trade deal, Pacer Plus
Pacer Plus has been promoted as a hybrid development and trade deal, with the primary benefits going to the nine Pacific countries that have signed the deal.
Samoa ratifies PACER Plus agreement
Samoa becomes the first of the Pacific Island nations and the third country overall to ratify the agreement, known as PACER Plus.
Samoa ratifies PACER Plus trade and development deal
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has congratulated Samoa on their ratification of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus).
Cook Islands puts PACER Plus ratification on hold
The Cook Islands’ decision to hit pause on the deal was over the country’s impending graduation from developing to developed-country-status. Under its new status it may no longer be eligible for official development assistance, including under PACER Plus.
Analysis on trade deal shows Pacific losing out
The concerns held by Pacific communities and some Pacific island governments about the regional free trade agreement known as PACER-Plus are well founded according to new analysis released by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG).
NZ first country to ratify PACER Plus trade deal
New Zealand has become the first country to ratify a Pacific free trade deal.
Trade for All is a lie
New Zealand Labour-led government’s ‘Trade for All agenda’ is somehow meant to re-engender confidence without addressing any issues.
Samoa cautioned in critical trade decisions
PACER-Plus is a highly problematic FTA containing far too many concessions by Forum Island Countries to Australia and New Zealand, reshaping Pacific Island economies.
PNG could sign onto Pacific trade pact
The PNG government is doing some soul searching over whether to join the Pacer Plus free trade deal and potentially could sign up by the end of the year.
Pacific economic ministers cautioned on NZ’s PACER-Plus view
PACER-Plus will undermine the right of governments to regulate, and see the Pacific bear the burden of binding commitments in the areas of interest to Australia and New Zealand whilst getting little legal commitments in return.
PACER Plus: debate about Tonga’s signing could mean even more PACER-Minus
The Kingdom of Tonga’s Prime Minister, ’Akilisi Pohiva, threw more doubt over Tonga’s signature on the PACER-Plus free trade agreement.
Tonga says it is still in PACER Plus
Tonga’s prime minister has denied that Tonga has withdrawn from the regional trade deal known as PACER Plus.