The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to welcome public submissions and comment on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus. There have been eleven rounds of PACER Plus negotiations since launched in August 2009, with the most recent held in Apia, Samoa in August 2015.
In your submission, you may wish to focus on specific market access challenges and other issues of importance in the commercial operating environments of a participating country with respect to trade in goods and services, and investment.
- In terms of goods (merchandise) trade, we are interested in gauging stakeholder views concerning issues associated with market access including, but not limited to, tariffs, quota restrictions, import licensing, technical barriers to trade (for example certification and standards) and any suggestions or comments regarding the rules of origin that would be established in the Agreement.
- In the case of services, stakeholder views might include comment on issues such as foreign equity limitations and other conditions, qualifications recognition, limitations on branch offices, licensing, and visa and residency issues.
- In the area of investment, we would welcome stakeholder views on issues including, but not limited to, conditions and restrictions on foreign investment (including in particular sectors), transfers of capital and profit repatriation, joint venture regulations and licence requirements.
Submissions will be made publicly available and posted on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.
Submissions should be lodged through at least one of the following options:
- Email: PACERPlus@dfat.gov.au
PACER Plus Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221