The Pacific ACP States have reaffirmed their commitment to continue the negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) “as a single region” based on existing negotiating positions as agreed last March.
At the two-day PACP Trade Ministers Meeting (PACPTMM) held in
In considering a progress report on the state of negotiations, Ministers recognized that while progress had been made on various technical issues at the September meeting of PACP and European Commission (EC) officials, a number of significant EPA issues remained outstanding that would require some time to work through. They directed their officials to continue their efforts in that regard and to meet directly with the EC side when such a meeting was required to make significant progress
The PACP Trade Ministers agreed that it would also be useful to discuss the region’s approach to the EPA during the November meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in
The Ministers also considered the possibility of launching a PACP Ministerial Mission to selected European capitals to seek their support for the PACP States’ position on the EPA.
The PACP Trade Ministers agreed that the
The meeting also discussed the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement, (PICTA) the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus with Australia and New Zealand and other trade-related issues and gave directions for follow-up action by officials and the PIFS to strengthen regional integration among the Forum Island Countries (FICs) and to deepen trade and economic cooperation between FICs, Australia and New Zealand.
Trade Ministers from the Cook Islands, the
The meeting was chaired by Ratu Epeli Nailatikau,
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