Free Trade

As Great Britain disconnects from Europe it turns back to the Commonwealth

New Zealand, 2006

 

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay … has been at the first Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting in London, where he had a bilateral meeting with British Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox and Minister for Trade Policy Lord Price.

Mr McClay has released a video in the wake of the meeting and tweeted “pleased to confirm with @LiamFoxMP NZ along with Australia will be first counties to get FTA with UK following Brexit”. Read more »

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While the EU is falling apart, we want a free trade agreement with them

Trade Minister Todd McClay and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmstr?m have agreed the completion of joint scoping discussions towards an EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) following a meeting in Brussels today.

After almost 2 years of discussion, reaching this significant milestone means the FTA process now enters a new phase, where the Commission and New Zealand will seek respective mandates to commence negotiations.

“Today?s meeting was an important demonstration of our commitment to launch negotiations as soon as possible in 2017,” Mr McClay says.

“New Zealand and the EU both recognise there are substantial benefits to be gained from free trade, and we are now one step closer to a high-quality, comprehensive FTA that can deliver great outcomes for our citizens.” Read more »

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TPP: Helen Clark says yes. Andrew Little still says no

Helen Clark understands how trade lifts people out pf poverty. Andrew little does not.

Helen Clark understands that trade provides jobs, Andrew Little does not.

The TPP bill has returned to parliament.

The Bill that will allow the Government to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement is back in Parliament and ready to go through its remaining stages.

The foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee reported the Bill back on Thursday – against the wishes of Labour and the Greens.

The bill amends 10 Acts to align New Zealand law with its obligations under the TPP, which the Government signed in February along with 11 other nations.

The committee made minor changes and reported it back on a majority vote.

Labour and the Greens put in minority reports. ? Read more »

Poms talking to their former convict colony about a free trade deal

I’m a bit surprised at this, I thought Todd McClay would have been in first.

Theresa May is to open talks on landmark new free trade deal with Australia, as she declares Britain will lead the world in global commerce outside the European Union.

The Prime Minister will meet her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, at the G20 summit in China on Monday to shape the broad outline of what would be Britain?s first new trade pact after Brexit.

She is expected to explore further trade opportunities in talks with ?Barack Obama and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day gathering of world leaders.

She will also meet China’s President Xi Jinping for the first time, and will attempt to soothe relations with China which were damaged after her decision to pause?the Chinese-backed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project.

On Sunday, Mrs May insisted it was ?a golden era for UK-China relations?, reviving?the ornate rhetoric that both?the British and Chinese governments used during?Mr Xi?s state visit to Britain last year. ?? Read more »

Key: Working hard for the money

via bhudeva.org

via bhudeva.org

Instead of keeping the New Zealand media busy with daily housing policy releases, poverty claims and other destructive, whining and non-contributing behaviour like Labour’s people do, John Key is busting his balls for the country’s exporters and foreign exchange earners.

Mr Key and Trade Minister Todd McClay are leading a 22-strong business delegation on a whirlwind two-day visit to Indonesia aimed at boosting ties between the two countries.

Indonesia is New Zealand’s 13th largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth about $1.6 billion a year.

But with a population of more than 250 million, a growing economy and an expanding middle class, there’s room for New Zealand exporters to do more.

One of the stumbling blocks in the relationship has been Indonesia’s import restrictions on beef products, which are the result of a domestic political push for Indonesia to become self sufficient.

Since 2010 there’s been an 80 per cent decline in beef exports to Indonesia – once New Zealand’s second-largest market for beef products – and the accumulated impact for the sector is now estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion. Read more »

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Little: “Labour will defy the TPPA”

Andrew Little over the weekend spent some time at Labour’s Region 2 conference at Waihi.

During his stay he was filmed by a member talking about the TPPA and changing the government.

To rounds of applause he declared “We don’t have to defy the TPPA. But we will. Labour will defy the TPPA!” Then a bit more quietly amidst the claps he adds “…. If that is what we have to do.

What Andrew “8.9%” Little is saying is that he will threaten our trade relationships and economy because the TPPA doesn’t let him act in an arbitrary and discriminatory way towards foreigners [with chinky sounding names]. ? Read more »

Government to add TPP legislation to political bonfire

The weapons-grade wailing from the left-wing will continue unabated as John Key announces that TPP enabling legislation will be introduced to the House.

New Zealand will make another step towards progressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when legislation is introduced in Parliament next week.

The law changes are required to bring New Zealand’s domestic rules into line with the 12-nation trade agreement.

Legislation will be tabled in Parliament on Monday, and is expected to get its first reading on May 12.

A select committee completed nationwide hearings on the TPP yesterday, and will produce a report to Parliament tomorrow. ? Read more »

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Working for New Zealand

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via The Telegraph

 

John Key was chatting about trade with the Indian PM today, and is scheduled to do the same with the French Premier tomorrow.

The first visit to New Zealand by a French prime minister in 25 years is about to begin.

Manuel Valls is due to arrive in Auckland on Sunday and departs on Monday.

Prime Minister John Key has said it’ll be a short but important visit. Read more »

While Little boasts about visiting Iraq, Key works on more trade with India

via zimbio.com

via zimbio.com

 

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee of India has arrived in New Zealand for a three-day visit […]

Mr Key has said the visit would be a good opportunity to continue to talk trade.

In 2011 Mr Key launched the NZ Inc India Strategy, a plan for India to become a core trade, economic and political partner for New Zealand. Read more »

Builders and Wreckers: Key and Little

Last week could not have provided a more obvious contrast between the choice that voters face. ?Key worked hard to earn money for us all by charming the pants off existing and new trading partners in China. Little, on the other hand, ran smear after smear.

Prime Minister John Key is due to arrive back from his trip to China [today], but it is already being hailed as a success in terms of trade.

China looks likely to allow New Zealand chilled meat into its market, opening up valuable trade opportunities.

It could be worth hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars to our economy. Experts say exporting chilled meat to China will open a whole new market.

On his last day of a week-long visit to China, Mr Key said the first shipments could be on the way within a couple of months.

That’s a huge win for beef and lamb farmers. Read more »

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