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Editor's Note

  • Sep 13, 2015
  • By  Samisoni Pareti
Published in 2015 September
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ATTENDING a Pacific trade and investment seminar in Fiji last month, the official delegate from the Cook Islands spoke what must have been going through the minds of many a delegate when he said, “As a small island nation, we admired the way Fiji has benefitted from trading with the United States, and we too aspire to enjoy some of those benefits.” You can read more about that engagement between the United States and Pacific Islands trade officials on page 14, in what the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says was the first US engagement with Forum-member countries on trade-related issues “since the closure of the USAid programme in the early 1990s.” “It should be noted that this initiative is very different from the EPA (with the European Union) and PACER Plus (with Australia and New Zealand) as they are Free Trade Agreements which require reciprocity in terms of market access,” Forum’s Deputy Secretary General Andie Fong Toy and Director Trade and Governance Shiu Raj said in their written response to our questions.

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