EUROPEAN Union assistance to African Caribbean and Pacific sugar-producing countries, to soften the blow of quota reduction and removal of preferential pricing, had not been equally implemented in Fiji.
"For Fiji, this support has been sorely lacking," Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said while delivering his keynote address at the 13th ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar.
"Disbursement of the promised Accompanying Measures Support Program has been politicised and Fiji has not received the fair share owed to it."
Commodore Bainimarama said another factor that was causing uncertainty was the inclusion of non-trade issues, which had resulted in EPA (economic partnership agreement) negotiations being long and drawn out.
"The unilaterally imposed changes to the European Commission market access regulation 1528 of 2007 has created further uncertainty as it threatens to remove access despite the fact that negotiations on full EPAs are incomplete."