A mere 64 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union, the UK-EU-NZ trade picture remains shrouded in the chill mists of confusion. During her visit to London this week, the Prime Minister announced two welcome new UK-NZ agreements on aspects of our trade relationship but it may not be enough.
The China dream of a prosperous and integrated economy is set against the challenging backdrop of a trade war, the opposite of peace.
Three agreements on the table: At a time of otherwise fairly dismal prospects for the global trading system, progress on these three agreements shows that many countries are still committed to creating the best possible opportunities for sustained prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
The CPTPP is a good idea that will bring comprehensive and progressive transformation to New Zealand’s trade opportunities, while it preserves the New Zealand Government’s right to regulate in the national interest in areas like public health, the environment and to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
The Government’s announcement of outcomes from the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang including the commencement to upgrade the NZ/China FTA. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/china-fta-upgrade-talks-begin-next-month
These are definitely the best of times and the worst of times for trade. The best of times because our economy is outward looking and [read more…]
The New Zealand International Business Forum congratulates Prime Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Todd McClay on the release of an ambitious, new trade strategy [read more…]
Read this speech by Philip Turner, Director, Global Stakeholder Affairs, Fonterra, to the CFO Summit, 15 March 2017.
Progress among the ‘TPP-11’ was more tortoise than hare at a recent meeting in Chile attended by Trade Minister Todd McClay, along with fellow Ministers [read more…]
The Government is “refreshing” its trade policy strategy. That’s both admirable and timely. The existing strategy coined a generation ago by former Trade Minister Tim Groser [read more…]