Pacific Trade Officials Convene for Trade in Goods Course

1 Aug 2023

SUVA, Fiji – Twenty-three participants from nine PACER Plus member countries supported by the PACER Plus Implementation Unit (PPIU) are participating this week in the Pacific Regional Pacific Regional Introductory Trade in Goods Course in Suva, Fiji from 31 July to 5 August 2023.

Regional trade officials at the Pacific Regional Introductory Trade in Goods Course in Suva, Fiji. Photo: Fiji Government

The five-day capacity-building event, funded by the Australian Government and organised by the University of Adelaide's Institute for International Trade in collaboration with Fiji's Ministry for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Communication, aims to empower Pacific trade officials with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance trade relations within the region and beyond.

The Course was opened by Hon. Mr. Manoa Kamikamica, Fiji’s Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Communications, highlighting the importance of such capacity-building efforts.

"Together, we have the opportunity to leverage this training to bolster our collective efforts in regional and multilateral forums, shaping discussions, and advocating for the interests of our region on the international stage. I am confident that the knowledge and skills gained here will empower you all to navigate the complexities of global trade and create lasting positive impacts for our respective economies," said Hon. Kamikamica.

The Pacific Regional Introductory Trade in Goods Course's primary objective is to provide a refresher on the current state of play in regional and international trade relations. This includes updating technical knowledge of Pacific regional trade agreements and international rules-based trading systems such as the World Trade Organisation.

Participation in the course is part of the PPIU's overall aim to develop Parties to build their trade capacities and allow them to effectively implement their obligations under the multilateral arrangements and regional trade agreements including PACER Plus.