The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was developed in 1986 between the three Melanesian Pacific Island States (PICs), namely Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSGTA) trade agreement was concluded by these countries in 1993. As a result of MSG`s cultural, historical, political and commercial significance, Fiji joined the group in 1996 and MSGTA in 1998. The “Everything but Arms” regime allows all products (except arms and armaments) unrestricted access to customs duties and quotas to the EU internal market. A country is granted EBA status if it is cited by the UN Development Policy Committee as the Least Developed Country (LDC). Countries are not required to apply to the EBA, they are registered or removed from the list by a delegated regulation. EBA preferences may be withdrawn in exceptional circumstances, particularly in the event of a serious and systematic violation of the principles set out in the fundamental human rights and labour conventions (see Article 19 of the Regulation (978/2012). To learn more about EBA, trade.ec.europa.eu/tradehelp/everything-arms Economic Partnership Agreements are trade and development agreements negotiated between the ACP Pacific states and the European Union. To date, Papua New Guinea and Fiji have signed and ratified interim EPAs, with the intention of joining Samoa and Solomon Islands. You have access to the Economic Partnership Agreement.
The trade.ec.europa.eu/tradehelp/economic-partnership-agreements-epas meetings of trade ministers at the Forum are the main decision-making body for the 18 countries of the Regional Trade and Investment Forum. Specific issues requiring high-level strategic leadership are referred to forum leaders for further consideration. This ministerial meeting will define regional mandates and pursue business development initiatives through the Region Secretariat. She is represented by the Forum`s trade ministers. PACER was signed in August 2001 and came into force in October 2002. This is not a free trade agreement, but an umbrella agreement for trade cooperation and economic integration between the 14 FIFs and Australia and New Zealand for the development of a regional internal market. It also supports FIZ through the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme (RTFP), which aims to address customs, standards and compliance and quarantine issues. PACER provides for trade-wide trade agreements to be negotiated eight years after PICTA (2011) or earlier, when the IIF enters into a free trade agreement with a developed country or country with a gross domestic product that exceeds that of New Zealand. The agreement on regional trade and economic cooperation in the South Pacific was signed in Tarawa (Kiribati) in 1980 and came into force on 1 January 1981.
It is a non-reciprocal trade agreement in which Australia and New Zealand offer duty-free access to certain products from Pacific Island states.