Comprehensive Consultation on Pacific Trade

The purpose of the consultation was to achieve the following key objectives:

Sensitise parliamentarians, Officials and non-state actors (including the private sector and civil society representatives) on the dynamic role of Parliament in the management and oversight of trade policy and the effective implementation of regional and international trade agreements, particularly the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) recently concluded in Bali in December, 2013;

Assist FIC Parliamentarians, Officials and non-state actors (including the private sector and civil society representatives) from across the region to have an interactive dialogue and to build their skills and knowledge on the structure of trade agreements (including PICTA, PICTA TIS, PACER Plus, MTEC, EPA) and opportunities for leveraging success for businesses into regional and global markets. Facilitating their effective participation in international and regional trade negotiations was also discussed; and

Explore possible policy responses and strategies for identifying the benefits and cost of the region’s strategic engagement with emerging economies. This included an identification of opportunities that could accrue to Pacific SMEs through such engagements and to consider forward-looking trade policy advocacy agenda conducive for private sector development in the region.

The participants included Parliamentarians (6 from FIC WTO member countries), Officials (Trade, Customs, Quarantine/Biosecurity) and Non-State Actors, including civil society and private sector representatives. The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organization (PIANGO) were also represented by their respective CEOs and the latter also included a national representative. The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) was also represented. Resource persons were from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Finance Cooperation/World Bank, The Office of the Chief Trade Adviser, Ms. Marideth Sandler (US-PIC Trade), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the International Trade Centre based in Geneva and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PFC), to name a few.



20 August 2015

21 August 2015

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