15 Sep 2016

Fiji minister says it's not withdrawing from PACER-Plus

5:54 pm on 15 September 2016

Fiji's trade minister Faiyaz Koya has reiterated Fiji has not withdrawn from the PACER Plus trade negotiations.

He told a meeting of the New Zealand, Australia and Fiji Business Councils, that the local and international media had got it wrong.

Mr Koya said Fiji will not endorse the agreement's legal text and will only withdraw if Australia and New Zealand do not show flexibility on Fiji and Pacific islands key concerns.

"Let me emphasise here, Fiji wants further negotiations on two very critical issues, on infant industry development and the most favoured nation clause that will have an implication on Fiji's development aspirations."

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