10 Apr 2014

Fiji call for united ACP stance

3:11 pm on 10 April 2014

Fiji's Attorney General and Trade Minister, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says it is vital the Pacific ACP countries work as a united, cohesive group to push for a single Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

Trade Ministers and officials from the Pacific members of the African Caribbean Pacific group are meeting in Suva this week.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says the EU has dragged the chain on a Comprehensive EPA for years, and encouraged division.

He says Fiji has always been a champion of regionalism and this is why it has continued negotiating the Comprehensive EPA with the rest of the region.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says it cannot be a short-term fix but has to ensure future generations are secure.

He says to deliver basic socio-economic rights, such as the right to housing, education, health, food and the right to economic participation, a single EPA for the Pacific is the only option.