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Fisheries sector critical in EPA talks

The Fiji Times:

Monday, 14 April 2014

Fisheries is a key issue in the economic partnership agreement negotiations between the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific states and the European Union, says Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat deputy secretary general Andie Fong Toy.

Speaking at the recent Pacific ACP trade and fisheries ministerial meeting, Ms Fong Toy said the European Commission was continuing to insist that Pacific ACP states undertake commitments on conservation and management measures.

"The Pacific ACP states have a primary offensive interest in securing an extension to global sourcing provisions for fresh, frozen, chilled, smoked and dried fisheries products.

"There are other contentious issues in the EPA negotiations, which are mostly red line issues for the Pacific in the area of trade in goods such as export taxes, most favoured nation, non-discrimination and development co-operation as well as the specific commitments the European Commission is requesting on fisheries conservation and management."

She said this included changes to the vessel day scheme, which the region was proposing to address in a three-year independent review.

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