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The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 1999

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 1999 Among the wider political and social forces that influence the Pacific Islands, none mattered more in 1999 than globalization, and in particular the globalization agenda now embraced by regional organizations such as the South Pacific Forum. If globalization is the ever-increasing integration of economies across territorial borders, then the globalization agenda is the set of economic policies that effect such integration. Among these are free trade, privatization, public service reform and harmonization by different governments of their customs procedures, product standards, trade regulations, and laws relating to investment, communications and the enforcement of property rights. In the last few years the South Pacific Forum has endorsed, advocated, and disseminated the globalization agenda in the region; meetings of Forum economic and trade ministers have overshadowed that of the Forum itself, and the Forum has defined key issues of concern to the region as mostly economic. It was hardly a surprise, then, that the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting in Suva in July made the most important regional decision of the year when it endorsed a Forum Island Countries Free Trade Area to be phased in during the first decade of the new century. By the time regional leaders met for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 1999

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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Among the wider political and social forces that influence the Pacific Islands, none mattered more in 1999 than globalization, and in particular the globalization agenda now embraced by regional organizations such as the South Pacific Forum. If globalization is the ever-increasing integration of economies across territorial borders, then the globalization agenda is the set of economic policies that effect such integration. Among these are free trade, privatization, public service reform and harmonization by different governments of their customs procedures, product standards, trade regulations, and laws relating to investment, communications and the enforcement of property rights. In the last few years the South Pacific Forum has endorsed, advocated, and disseminated the globalization agenda in the region; meetings of Forum economic and trade ministers have overshadowed that of the Forum itself, and the Forum has defined key issues of concern to the region as mostly economic. It was hardly a surprise, then, that the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting in Suva in July made the most important regional decision of the year when it endorsed a Forum Island Countries Free Trade Area to be phased in during the first decade of the new century. By the time regional leaders met for

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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