Issues such a quarantine, bio-security and trade standards need to be looked at in a holistic manner and cannot be restricted to the region since the Pacific needs to make itself look more marketable to other regions beyond the Pacific.

This was the view conveyed by the Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while opening the Trade Ministers Meeting 2020 held in Suva today.

“We have our traditional partners (Australia and New Zealand) who have been good development partners within the region but we also need to understand that the economic disparities between the two countries and the Pacific Island Countries is quite significant and we need to be able to develop and understand those relationships,” the A-G said.

“We need to strengthen our various regional trade mechanisms through various Forums, programs and trade agreements and expand those relationships because the economic power base is shifting quite significantly.”

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