19 Jul 2014

EU says Fiji agrees to EPA

6:04 pm on 19 July 2014

The European Union says Fiji has notified it of its decision to apply the interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

An EU spokesperson says Fiji's decision is a very significant step as the EPA is one of the main EU tools to assist developing countries, such as Fiji.

The interim deal provides for duty-free quota-free market access into the EU for all exports originating from Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

For its part, Fiji will gradually open its market to European exports over a transitional period until 2023, with the exception of some agricultural and industrial sensitive products.