PACIFIC TRADE MINISTERS SET PRIORITIES

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Shipping, air links among top concerns

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 29, 2010) – Pacific Trade Ministers have set a timetable for new negotiations on the proposed PACER-Plus trade agreement and endorsed new measures to boost trade, investment and economic growth.

The decisions were made at the Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers meeting in Micronesia.

The Pacific Trade Ministers agreed that infrastructure, particularly shipping and air links, together with rules of origin and options for labour mobility are the next priorities for PACER Plus.

Ministers also endorsed a new strategy for the Pacific Island Trade and Investment Offices and future funding for the World Trade Organisation's Pacific office in Geneva.

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