19 Aug 2016

PACER Plus negotiators defend process in Auckland

From , 3:02 pm on 19 August 2016

Difficulties with negotiating the PACER plus trade agreement for Pacific islands have come to light at a public presentation in Auckland.

The Chief Trade Negotiator for the Pacific Islands, Dr Edwini Kessie, defended the negotiating process and the level of transparency from participating countries, but lamented Papua New Guinea's exit from the discussions.

In the face of criticism he said people had unrealistic expectations of trade agreements and there has been a huge effort to ensure a level playing field at the negotiation table.