Movement of Natural Persons

As in other advanced trade agreements that support regional economic integration, PACER Plus facilitates the cross-border movement of skilled workers such as intra-corporate transferees (executives, senior managers, specialists), contractual service suppliers, and business visitors.

It applies to measures regulating the movement of natural persons (MNP)1 on a temporary basis into a Party, and builds on rights and obligations established in both the Trade in Services and Investment Chapters of the Agreement

Scope

PACER Plus recognises the right of a Party to regulate entry of natural persons of another Party into its territory, providing this regulation does not nullify or impair benefits accruing to those Parties under the Agreement. The Agreement does not create any obligations on citizenship, nationality, residence or employment on a permanent basis.

Pacific island country commitments demonstrate increased awareness of the importance of attracting skilled service suppliers to facilitate skills transfers and promote more productive and competitive domestic industries.

MNP commitments by Pacific island country World Trade Organization (WTO) members (such as Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu) go beyond their commitments in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

Commitments by Pacific Island countries that are non-WTO Members (such as Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Tuvalu) are equivalent to, or go further than, those made under the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA).

See Schedule of MNP commitments by each PACER Plus Party.

1 Movement of natural persons is one of the four modes through which services can be supplied.

Last Updated: 29 May 2017