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Pacific ACP Lead Spokesperson Hon. Lisiate 'Akolo report on 93rd ACP Council of Ministers

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7 June 2011  The Pacific ACP Lead Spokesperson, Hon. Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo, Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries for the Government of Kingdom of Tonga provided a brief update to the 93rd ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels on 28 May 2011, on behalf of the Pacific ACP countries reporting on developments relating to the Pacific regional Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Commission (EC).

Key points reported by Honorable Lisiate ‘Akolo included the current status of the Pacific EPA negotiations and what the Pacific region proposes as a way forward through the Pacific ACP Trade Ministers adopted Pacific ACP EPA 2011 Strategy. The progress of ratification of the Pacific interim EPA signed to by Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji, subsequent to the first meeting of the Pacific-EU Joint Trade Committee held on 15 April 2011 in Port Moresby, PNG in charge of the implementation of the Pacific Interim Agreement which considered implementation issues also accession matters were also noted. The critical stage that the Pacific EPA negotiations have reached and on-going preparations including technical working sessions on fisheries, customs ,legal text; national and regional consultations undertaken, introducing the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) 2007, and market access offers completion were also reported.

The 93rd ACP Council of Ministers having regard to the reports from the ACP regions including the Pacific in its decisions urged the European Commission to inject genuine flexibility into the EPA process so that outstanding issues can be expeditiously resolved and encouraged ACP EPA configurations to engage as necessary to progress the EPA negotiations.

The Pacific ACP Lead Spokesperson, Hon. Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo's report to the 93rd ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels was coordinated and supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and further benefitted from the management offered by Tonga's Embassy to the European Union and ACP, through HE Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa, and First Secretary, Siale Bain Vete.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

 

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