ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO ESTABLISH FIJI WTO OFFICE

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Minister asks for help to set-up in Geneva

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 26, 2009) – Interim Trade Minister, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has sought donations for the establishment of a Fiji office in Geneva to help boost the nation's participation in the World Trade Organisation.

While outlining four positive trade initiatives that the interim government has introduced, including the deregulation of the telecommunications sector, Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji, being a permanent member of the WTO needed "any assistance in the initial set-up costs of an office in Geneva".

He was speaking at the WTO headquarters during Fijis second Trade Policy Review, which is a process in which Fiji's trade policies and practices are scrutinised in relation to WTO's rules-based system.

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