2 Oct 2012

Pacific negotiators commit to concluding EPAs with Europe

2:35 pm on 2 October 2012

For the first time in 3 years trade negotiators from the European Union and the Pacific nations of the African Caribbean and Pacific group are meeting to try and reach agreement on an Economic Partnership Agreement.

The co-chair of the Pacific negotiators, Tongan government official, Tatafu Moeaki, says they have come to Brussels to try and conclude a meaningful, comprehensive deal.

He says Pacific nations have revised their draft conditional market access offers to the European Commission.

Mr Moeaki says an EPA would only be meaningful for the Pacific ACP States if it addresses their development aspirations as owners of fisheries resources.

He says the Pacific ACP region wants meaningful discussions on how to ensure the final EPA is a tool for development as envisaged under the Cotonou Agreement.