8 Jun 2017

Calls for more time to assess impacts of PACER PLUS

From , 3:02 pm on 8 June 2017

The Pacific Network on Globalisation is calling for more time to be given to Pacific civil society organisations and the private sector to assess the impact of the proposed regional free trade deal known as PACER Plus.

The full text of the proposed deal has been made made available online only a few weeks out from the planned signing ceremony to be held in Tonga on the 14th of this month.

A trade justice campaigner for the network Adam Wolfenden says the extremely complex legal document will have a massive impact on a cross section of society in the Pacific.

He told Koroi Hawkins that Pacific people have a right to know exactly what it is their governments would be signing them up for in language that they can understand and he said this will take time.