Pacific chief trade adviser says PACER Plus on track

The 10th round of negotiations for the the Pacific nations’ trade agreement known as PACER Plus ended last night in Vanuatu.

The chief trade adviser for the 14 forum island nations, Edwini Kessie, says they have made substantive progress, and overall it’s looking good.

Negotiators completed draft agreements on development assistance, investment, and trade in goods.

They concluded the chapter on the framework that will put the agreement in place, however only modest progress on labour mobility was made.

But even after 6 years of negotiation, civil society groups are still calling for more consultation.