28 Jun 2006

PNG approves multi-lateral fishing agreement with EU

10:22 am on 28 June 2006

Papua New Guinea has reaffirmed its strong commitment to negotiate a regional multi-lateral fisheries agreement with the European Union, after a meeting in Fiji.

The Post Courier reports the Trade and Industry Minister Paul Tiensten saying the proposed agreement would not disadvantage countries like the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Solomon Islands who had existing bilateral fisheries agreements with the EU.

Trade ministers also reaffirmed their commitment for all Pacific countries to remain united as a region in the negotiations with the EU on the Economic Partnership Agreement.

He said also discussed at the regional meeting was the region's negotiating position on fisheries, investments and a labour mobility proposal for the EU.