In 2010, the Institute completed delivery of an eighteen month trade training program for Pacific Island government officials designed to prepare them for so-called “PACER-Plus” negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. IIT’s success in delivering the 2009-2010 program has led to a new contract with AusAID for an additional 14 one-week intensive training modules over 2011-2012.
Fourteen to sixteen island officials participate in each of the one-week modules, with nine modules delivered in Adelaide and one module delivered in Tonga. Each of the modules is designed to focus on a particular topic (agriculture, industrial tariffs, trade in services, intellectual property rights, investment, etc.) and in-house expertise of the Institute was supplemented by experts from other parts of the University.