TPP risks a weaker global trading system, says ex-WTO head

Article – BusinessDesk

July 21 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a step backwards to the days before the World Trade Organisation when the the US and Europe controlled the global trading system to the detriment of developing economies, says a former director-general … Read more »

English attends B20 business forum in Sydney

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English will attend the B20 forum in Sydney this week, where around 300 business leaders from around the world will finalise private sector policy recommendations for the G20 leaders summit later this year. Read more »

Can Obama Achieve Checkmate for TPPA by November?

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey

The most opaque round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to date ended in Ottawa yesterday. The odds of President Obama achieving his goal of a meaningful document by the APEC leaders summit in November hangs in the balance, according … Read more »

Enhancing New Zealand – Japan cooperation

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key and the Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe met in Auckland on 7 July 2014. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe on his official visit to New Zealand and appreciated Japans … Read more »

Better access to Cambodia and the Philippines

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Cabinet approval of two new air services agreements will make it easier for New Zealanders to travel and do business in Cambodia and the Philippines. Read more »

Minister to visit France and Germany for climate discussions

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser departs today to attend the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate in Paris, followed by a visit to Berlin to participate in the Fifth Petersburg Climate Dialogue. Read more »

Trade target with China surpassed early

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed todays release of statistics that show two-way trade with China has exceeded $20 billion on an annual basis for the first time. Read more »

Key Notes: Why should NZ be on the UN Security Council?

Column – New Zealand National Party

I put New Zealands case for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, and met with President Obama along with other US dignitaries. Our relationship with the United States is in great shape. Watch my latest video to hear more about my visit. Read more »

WikiLeaks reveals secret plan to damage NZ’s public service

Press Release – Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says todays release by WikiLeaks of the draft text for the secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex has shone much needed light on a plan which would have significant impacts on New Zealands … Read more »

Key doing deal with US that benefits Wall Street

Press Release – Green Party

John Key needs to tell the public why New Zealand is currently involved in a trade deal to benefit Wall Street at the expense of Queen Street, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Read more »

Leaked Agreement would lock in failed neoliberal model

Press Release – First Union

Today Wikileaks released the secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, ahead of the next round of TISA negotiations in Geneva next week. Read more »

TISA trade talks will lock NZ into finance rules behind GFC

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey

While our eyes have been focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the New Zealand government has been negotiating an equally secretive deal with 22 other, mainly rich, countries, said Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. Read more »

PM’s United States Visit ‘Scary’, Says Internet Party

Press Release – Internet Party

The Internet Party is sounding alarm bells over John Keys week-long trip to the United States because the Prime Minister does not have safe hands when it comes to protecting New Zealands sovereignty. Read more »

US Visit Focuses on Duty-Free Access to TPP Markets

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand CEO, Dr Scott Champion pressed home the need for comprehensive tariff elimination in the Trans Pacific partnership during a visit to the United States last week. Read more »

Minister to attend trans-Tasman consumer forum

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to Australia today to attend a trans-Tasman consumer affairs forum. The two-day Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF) begins in Cairns on Thursday. Mr Foss will join Australian … Read more »

Prevention of fracking harms would be shackled by trade deal

Press Release – OraTaiao

A new report concludes that fracking practices in NZ pose risks to health and the environment. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has recommended that regulations be overhauled and tightened to protect New Zealanders from harm. But … Read more »

Dunne Speaks on Drones, Foreign Policy and Trade

Column – United Future NZ Party

Despite constant claims that New Zealand follows an independent foreign policy, the truth is that we have never been far from the cringe factor. Read more »

CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser has announced that the fourth CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum will take place in Auckland on 22 May 2014. Read more »

Singapore ministerial shows NZ likely to pay price for TPPA

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey

At the end of a two-day ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Singapore it seems clearer than ever that New Zealand stands to get almost nothing if they do reach a deal, and we will pay a very high price in return, … Read more »

Goodhew to attend APEC forum in China

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Womens Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew will travel to Beijing today to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Forum as Head of the New Zealand delegation. Read more »

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