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Labor mobility issues discussed in Trade Ministers’ meeting

February 14, 2020 4:35 pm
Trade Minister, Premila Kumar also highlighted the endorsement of the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy

Foreign Trade Ministers’ have discussed solutions around labor mobility issues.

This was one of key outcomes of the 2020 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that ended yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister of Cook Islands Mark Brown noted labor mobility was a crucial issue especially with Pacific Countries having to import workers for many sectors.

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“Putting in place mechanisms across the region that are clearly understandable, that make the mobility of labor easier for both the recipient countries and those countries providing labor as well is critical for us to ensure that not only do the countries that have the need for labor are getting what they want but also those who provide the labor are receiving their fair return.”

Fiji’s Trade Minister, Premila Kumar also highlighted the endorsement of the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy which was another outcome of the Foreign Trade Minister’s meeting.

Kumar says the whole idea of the document is to assist Pacific Island Countries in taking trade forward or facilitating trade within the region and internationally.

Member countries of the PACER plus agreement have also committed to bringing the agreement into force by June.

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