Fiji calls for a new Pacific trade pact
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 15 February 2020
“The Fiji government says the Pacific needs a new trade agreement to boost economic growth for its island states.
“Addressing the Pacific ACP Forum Trade Ministers meeting in Suva this week, chair Premila Kumar said for too long the Pacific has been "surviving" the various challenges in the wake of global trade uncertainties.
“The meeting's theme is "Pacific Trading Nations: from Surviving to Thriving" and Ms Kumar said although globalisation and trade present new opportunities, the region is struggling to compete on a global scale.
"Despite challenges linked to changing climate, frayed international markets and threats to the multilateral trading system, let us tap into our cultural knowledge and solidarity to design trade pathways for Pacific trading nations to transition from surviving to thriving," she said.”
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