Activating trade in the Pacific

Issue date: Thursday, 27 August 2020

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The Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee will hear from a range of academics and training providers both in Australia and in Fiji at a public hearing today for its inquiry into Australia’s trade with Pacific island countries.

Chair of the Committee’s Trade Sub-Committee, Dr John McVeigh MP, said the hearing will investigate the views of these economists and training providers on activating trade between Australia and Pacific island countries.

The sub-committee wants to better understand how the implementation of a new development-centred trade agreement, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus), with 13 other members of Pacific Islands Forum will encourage Pacific island countries to prosper in a regional trading system and encourage more Australian and islander businesses to trade in goods and services.

Public hearing details

Date: Thursday 27 August 2020
Time: 10:00am to 11:15am
Location: Committee Room IR3, Parliament House, Canberra.

The hearing will be audio streamed live at

Further details about the about the inquiry, including terms of reference, details on how to contribute a submission and, when available, details of public hearings and roundtable discussions, can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

Media enquiries

The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Sub-Committee Chair
Contact:Clare Siddins/Nikki Phillips
(07) 4632 4144

For background

Committee Secretariat
(02) 6277 2313

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