NZ Hopes PACER Plus Trade Negotiations Will Pick Up Speed

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Trade Ministers convene in Cook Islands for regional meeting

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 29, 2015) – New Zealand's associate trade minister says he hopes a meeting with the region's trade minister in Rarotonga this week will accelerate negotiations for the regional PACER Plus free trade agreement.

Todd McClay will attend the Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers meeting alongside representatives from Australia and 14 Pacific countries.

Negotiations have so far been marked by difference between the Pacific countries and Australian and New Zealand, particularly over labour mobility.

Mr McClay says this week's meeting is an opportunity to work out these differences at the ministerial level.

"Look I think we have an opportunity to make very good progress during this negotiations, but there will remain issues that we will need to keep talking about. You know, we're trying to land this agreement some time during 2016, but there's still some very positive talking to be done."

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