Pacific ministers agree to broaden work on PACER
Radio New Zealand – 24 July 2008

RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS: Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers have agreed that the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations, PACER, must be about more than trade. The New Zealand Associate Trade Minister, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, who was at this week’s meeting in Rarotonga, says there is an acceptance that what is called PACER Plus must include development and consider its member countries’ cultural context. She says this may include setting up a regional office to focus on issues of traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights. Read the article…