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Friday 4 August 2017
Dalian, China
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the new industrial revolution offers greater promise in fostering inclusive growth. Driven by Internet, digital and intelligent technologies, it has created new supply and demand, greatly expanded development space and brought unprecedented opportunities for equal participation. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017 in Dalian recently, he said China is ready to work with all countries to achieve inclusive growth in economic globalization, but promoting inclusive growth requires the hard work of countries themselves.
Friday 12 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A network of civil groups in the Pacific has made a plea for Pacific Island Governments to end current free trade negotiations, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum dialogue on PACER-Plus in Nadi today.
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Friday 30 November 2012
Apia, Samoa
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Mr Pascal Lamy and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday in Apia, Samoa. – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
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Thursday 14 June 2012
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group has responded in solidarity to the concern and frustration voiced by its Pacific member states over an apparent lack of commitment from the European Union to conclude comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements. By Linny Folau in Port Vila.
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Wednesday 13 June 2012
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Pacific States of ACP strongly voiced frustrations over an apparent lack of commitment by the European Union to conclude comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements for a free trade area with the Pacific region, during the 95th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers Meeting on June 12. By Linny Folau in Port Vila.
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Thursday 22 March 2012
Sydney, Australia
Free trade negotiations come with the usual rhetoric about how it will bring development to the Pacific, a type of 'development' that is being painfully felt right now in Tonga. Tonga became a member of the World Trade Organization under what has been described as the "worst" terms of any country. So confident in the benefits that would come with liberalisation and lowering of tariffs the government argued that no future government would question WTO membership since the benefits would be "manifestly obvious for all". Sadly Tonga's current crisis is what is has become obvious for all.
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Saturday 20 November 2004
Canberra, Australia
Free trading between the USA and Australia will come into force on 1 January 2005.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Although the Free Trade area for the Pacific has started to take shape Tonga is not ready to take advantage of it. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s membership with the WTO is seen as a bench-mark for the success of the government’s Economic Reform Program, that was officially launched in April this year. This economic reform is aimed at energising Tongan industries, offering more employment opportunities, and producing quality products to compete in the world market. Paula Kautoke said that the principle of WTO is for countries to exploit their advantages. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The ultimate purpose of the flurry of trade talks in recent years is to prepare Tonga for becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation, when it will introduce free trade and zero tariffs between Tonga and the 136 member states of the WTO. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Fiji is moving to expand its trade with its neighbouring island states in an effort to revive its economy after the May 19 coup d’etat. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tongatapu
The concept of Free Trade according to ‘Aisake Eke, Tonga’s Chief Accountant and the Secretary for Finance, is based on a belief, “that Free Trade will bring about economic growth, because of a bigger market”.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anna Tupou, the globe-trotting marketing manager of TongaSat is in full support of Tonga joining the World Trade Organisation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A Free Trade Area agreement among South Pacific Forum countries is expected to come into force by October next year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Chamber of Commerce believes that Tonga should become a signatory to the regional Free Trade Area, and become a member of the World Trade Organisation as soon as possible, said the Chamber president, Paul Karalus. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Free Trade, says Sioeli Matoto, the Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Commerce, Trade and Industry, “sounds appealing, and sounds like a very good idea, but it is difficult to put into practice, because every country wants to protect their own interest.”
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Free Trade offers an advantage in theory, but in practice Tonga will be giving the advantage to the importers, warns a former secretary to Finance and former MP ‘Uhila Liava‘a. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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