The Royal Oceania Institute (ROI) is a new, independent, Tongan think tank. ROI’s goals are to support and pursue Pacific-centered, ethical, fact-based research and analysis. We also aim to facilitate open dialogue on topics relevant to community, sustainable development, and regional relations. ROI grew out of an identifiable need for a non-partisan, permanent, accessible and reputable platform for building confidence and cooperation as well as encouraging broad information sharing and understanding.


What is the ‘Plus’ in PACER Plus?

A big part of the narrative around PACER Plus has been that it is more than just a standard free trade agreement. The ‘plus’ as far as Australia and New Zealand are concerned is the inclusion of a chapter on development assistance. For much of the negotiation period, Pacific island negotiators have attempted to get the ‘plus’ to include guarantees around labour mobility.

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