Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
The Deputy Secretaries Economics and Political at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr. Shaheen Ali and Mr. Sila Balawa joined parliamentarians and business representatives from several Pacific island countries at a World Trade Organisation (WTO) workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu, 11 – 13 May 2011.
The workshop gave participants the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the multilateral trading system and negotiations underway at the World Trade Organisation.
Currently Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga are members of the WTO. Two other PICs, Vanuatu and Samoa are in the process of acceding to the WTO with Vanuatu in the final stages of its accession. Participants at the workshop were from Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.During the workshop, participants heard not only from representatives of the WTO but also other regional actors including the Forum Fisheries Agency and the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, which provided their perspectives on the WTO negotiations and their implications for PICs. ENDS.
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