5 Aug 2002

Trade ministers from the 14 Pacific ACP countries meet in Fiji

11:28 am on 5 August 2002

Trade ministers from the 14 Pacific ACP countries meet in Fiji this week to prepare for next month's talks with the European Union on new trade arrangements.

Under the Cotonou Agreement, the African, Caribbean and Pacific group will negotiate new agreements on trade that will come into effect in 2008.

At the Suva meeting the ministers will discuss a negotiating strategy which would see the Pacific ACP countries supporting an arrangement covering all ACP countries and more specific trade and economic issues affecting Pacific members.

The meeting will also discuss work undertaken to assist the Small Economies Work Programme at the World Trade Organisation.

This programme seeks more flexible rules for small economies, including rules governing regional integration.