7 May 2012

Regional trade ministers to meet in Marshall Islands

10:23 am on 7 May 2012

Pacific Islands Forum trade ministers meet this week in Majuro in the Marshall Islands and will further advance legislation safeguarding traditional knowledge.

The meeting, which follows an officials' meeting, will also look at progress at the Forum's four trade and investment offices - in Auckland, Sydney, Beijing and Tokyo.

The ministers will also discuss the scheme for economic unity in the Pacific, PACEER PLUS, and

The Forum secretary general, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says the traditional knowedge action plan began in 2009 and six Pacific countries have since developed policy and legislation to protect it.

Now he says it is anticipated they will focus on those countries yet to develop traditional knowledge policies.