Fiji Regional Trade Agreements

Countries are not required to apply for the standard GSP application; the EU adds it by way of a delegated regulation or removes it from the corresponding list. The EU can remove the GSP from the norm in exceptional circumstances, including a serious and systematic violation of fundamental human rights and labour law conventions. To learn more about the GSP, The Forum`s Trade Ministers` Meetings are the main decision-making body for the 18 countries of the Regional Trade and Investment Forum. Specific issues requiring high-level strategic leadership are referred to forum leaders for further consideration. This ministerial meeting will define regional mandates and pursue business development initiatives through the Region Secretariat. She is represented by the Forum`s trade ministers. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was developed in 1986 between the three Melanesian Pacific Island States (PICs), namely Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSGTA) trade agreement was concluded by these countries in 1993. As a result of MSG`s cultural, historical, political and commercial significance, Fiji joined the group in 1996 and MSGTA in 1998.

Trade and investment with the MSG region are an integral part of Fiji`s overall economic and trade policies and policies, which is why the integration of trade in services, investment and labour mobility will further deepen and integrate Fiji`s trade in the MSG region. MSG members concluded the Melanesian Free Trade Agreement (MFTA) with the aim of strengthening all provisions of the legislation, improving its clarity and establishing an appropriate architecture that integrates trade in the chapters on services, investment and labour mobility. Fiji and Solomon Islands have signed the 2017 MFTA, while PNG and Vanuatu have not yet signed. The MFTA will enter into force after the agreement is ratified by two countries. The current trade between MSG is governed by the MSGTA2 (link …). Fiji signed the Interim EPA in 2009 to avoid disruptions to its export markets and continued regional efforts to conclude comprehensive, development-friendly and mutually beneficial EPA negotiations. Fiji initially failed to ratify the Interim EPA due to controversial issues such as the unavailability of development cooperation and the global supply of fresh, frozen and chilled tuna. In 2014, Fiji provisionally applied the Interim EPA to avoid trade disruptions. Fiji is committed to regional efforts to quickly conclude a comprehensive development-friendly EPA that will benefit both the DDAs and the EU. The agreement on closer economic relations and closer economic relations in the Pacific Ocean was signed in Nuku`alofa, Tonga, on 14 June 2017. Ten forum members are signatories: Australia and New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Three have ratified.

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