PM calls for re-entry into Pacific talks
13:46 Thu Aug 23, 2012
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has highlighted the need and the importance for Fiji’s participation in Pacific talks on trade and economic agreement.
He made the comments while opening the 3rd Engaging with the Pacific Meeting in Denarau this morning.
Elenoa Turagaiviu is at the meeting and files this report.
“The Prime Minister says it is time for Fiji to be accorded a full participation in the Pacific branch of the African Carribean Pacific group, the PACP.
He says the Pacific Islands Forum has wrongly used influence to bar Fiji from top level participation from the forum adding this policy is no longer sustainable.
Bainimarama also told the delegates that there is too much at stake for Pacific Island Countries, such as the PACP negotiations of economic partnership with the EU and the implementation of the Pacific Islands Trade Agreement or PICTA to continue to exclude Fiji.
He says Fiji’s participation in such institutions serves only to stregnthen the region.
He adds some of our Pacific Island neighbors are starting to realise that Fiji’s objectives are not just words, but commitments.
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