Australia praises Samoa for ratifying regional trade agreement
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 14 August 2019
“Australia's government has praised Samoa for ratifying a controversial regional free trade agreement.
“Last month Samoa became the first Pacific Island country to ratify the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus, or PACER Plus.
“Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs said Samoa's move is a major step towards bringing into force an agreement that will deliver closer economic integration across the region.
“According to Marise Payne the trade deal will promote prosperity and development for Pacific Island countries.
“PACER Plus has been beset by criticism that it favours New Zealand and Australia, the only two other countries to have ratified the deal.
“The global think tank Chatham House, warned that enforced free trade will undermine customary land holding and social capital systems in the Pacific.
“But Ms Payne said PACER Plus will help Pacific nations build their economic independence.”
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