The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) is a regional organization that describes its role as acting as “the people’s watchdog on trade and economic issues.” Established in 2000 by regional NGOs based in Suva, Fiji, PANG organized themselves around concerns that civil society was being left out of the debate on trade liberalization in the Pacific region and that the free trade agenda coming into the region did not give priority to the key goals of human development and poverty reduction. PANG is comprised of staff and supporters from various indigenous communities across the South Pacific region. PANG subsequently developed into a research, advocacy, capacity building, and campaign organization. Choosing a networking model to achieve its objectives, it supports and works with national and community-level groups representing diverse constituencies and interests: trade unions, feminists, young people, traditional landowners, community and environmental groups, academics, parliamentarians, and government officials. It also draws on the technical and professional skills of economists, lawyers, scientists, political analysts, and experts on regionalism to support national and regional initiatives in specific areas of campaigns strategically chosen by the organization based on regional conditions.
Current PANG priorities include:
• Free trade agreements – WTO, EPAs, PACER and PACER-Plus
• Challenging foreign-investment led development
• Resource extraction including land grabbing and seabed mining
• Alternative development (e.g. protection of customary land tenure systems, ensuring food
• Supporting independence in West Papua and the defense against extractives industries through a campaign against seabed mining.
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