Pacific countries are aiming to sign off on a proposed free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand before the end of the year.
Seven years of negotiations on the legal text of the PACER-Plus deal concluded on Friday last week in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Chaired by New Zealand, the special trade minister's meeting also saw a commitment to wrap up the remaining market access negotiations by the end of October and sign off on the agreement before the end of the year.
New Zealand's trade minister Todd McClay is extremely pleased with the progress being made.
He spoke with Koroi Hawkins immediately after the minister's meeting in Christchurch.