PACER Plus and its Alternatives

Negotiations for a trade agreement between the Pacific Island Countries and Australia and New Zealand are of critical importance for the Islands who have a massive trade deficit with their two neighbours. PACER Plus and its Alternatives outlines the region’s current trading arrangements and trade flows, before investigating the options available for a new economic cooperation agreement that is likely to benefit, rather than harm, the Pacific’s development prospects. The report shows that there are several options, and that it is vital that a new approach be taken if the negotiations are not to end in an abject failure to meet the worthy aims of an economic cooperation agreement.

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