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PACER Plus workshop empowers Pacific countries in revenue mobilisation

The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus Implementation Unit (PPIU) is currently hosting a three-day Dialogue for Revenue Mobilisation for PACER Plus parties in Nadi, Fiji. The event, which started today 27 February, will conclude on 29 February. This regional initiative targets the customs and tax administrations of PACER Plus parties and signatories, including Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The dialogue is a collaborative effort with key partners, including the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association (PITAA), and the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO).

The primary focus of the dialogue is on capacity building, empowering officials to effectively manage revenues.

Mr. Alipate Tavo, PPIU Trade Adviser, highlighted the significance of this workshop, stating, “This talanoa is a unique opportunity to enhance the capacity of our officials, equipping them with the skills needed to navigate the evolving economic landscape and promote sustainable growth in the Pacific.”

The dialogue serves as a platform for knowledge sharing on best practices for tax regimes and revenue administration. It encourages strategic planning, fostering discussions on short-term actions and long-term structural reforms to enhance revenue administration and collection.

Illustrating the commitment to regional collaboration, the dialogue aligns with PACER Plus’s overarching goal of increasing trade in the region. By engaging with key partners, it strengthens regional cooperation in improving tax regimes and ensuring the sustainable economic growth of Pacific Island countries.

The outcomes of the dialogue extend beyond immediate capacity building. Improved regulatory and policy reforms are anticipated, supporting Rules of Origin (ROO) obligations and tariff commitments.

 

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