Fiji Time: 6:57 AM on Sunday 30 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Need for an effective EPA

Geraldine Panapasa
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PACIFIC-African Caribean Pacific states need a well-negotiated economic partnership agreement (EPA) that sets precedent for all other trade agreements that are being negotiated, says Ministry of Industry and Trade permanent secretary Shaheen Ali.

Speaking at the opening of the PACP trade and fisheries meeting in Suva on Monday, Mr Ali said PACP officials needed to put aside their differences and work towards the future of their nations and the collective future of the region.

"The EPA is the first such agreement between the Pacific region and a developed trading bloc. We need an agreement that is development-friendly, provides opportunities for the region to integrate into global trade and does not limit our policy space and impinge on our sovereignty."

He said discussions during the three-day meet would highlight a number of issues such as the regional negotiations mechanism — the format of the negotiations.

"We need to come together and develop relevant strategies to address Papua New Guinea's concerns and also bring the EPA negotiations to a conclusion," said Mr Ali, who assumed the chairmanship role during the meeting.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 56.810253.8102
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.41450.4025
NZD 0.73480.7018
AUD 0.66190.6369
USD 0.47110.4541

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Case transfer angers families
  2. Military allowed to carry arms in public
  3. Draunidalo clears the air
  4. China police to take man home
  5. Ruggers treated to lunch
  6. Sedition a 'real threat'
  7. $507m worth
  8. Envoy: Russia, China are true friends
  9. Creek pollution
  10. $140m water loan

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  2. Fall crowned queen Sunday (23 Aug)
  3. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  4. Birth by the river Tuesday (25 Aug)
  5. Making the cut Monday (24 Aug)
  6. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  7. Military, police beef up manpower Tuesday (25 Aug)
  8. John quits 7s job Tuesday (25 Aug)
  9. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)
  10. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)