APIBC NEWS : 3rd May 2017

Media Release: Successful conclusion of PACER Plus negotiations

APIBC President, Mr Gary Clifford makes comment on the recent successful conclusion of PACER plus negotiations.


Brisbane, Australia: The President of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, Mr Gary Clifford, today welcomed the announcement on 20 April 2017 by the Australian Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism, the Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, of the successfully concluded negotiations between Australia, New Zealand and 12 Pacific Island countries in Brisbane to implement PACER Plus - the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus.


“The Council has closely followed the negotiations of the PACER Plus agreement over the last decade, and has been a supporter of unlocking the opportunities which PACER Plus can offer to the economic development and growth of the participating countries”, Mr Clifford said.


“I congratulate the Ministers and officials of all fourteen participating countries for their persistence and determination to negotiate a successful agreement for the benefit of their countries”, he said.


Mr Clifford paid particular tribute to the indefatigable work of Dr Edwini Kessie, the Chief Trade Advisor for the Pacific Islands Countries, whose work over the last five years had been crucial to the successful outcome now achieved.


“The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council now looks forward to working with Pacific Islands business and their peak business bodies to further expand bilateral trade and business relations between Australia and their economies, and contribute to their sustainable economic growth”, Mr Clifford said.

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