Thursday , April 26 2018
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Finally – Tim Groser bid for WTO top slot confirmed by NZ Govt

Prime Minister John Key said the Government has nominated Trade Minister Tim Groser for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. “Nominations have been called for by the end of December, and I can confirm that Mr Groser’s name has been put forward, with the New Zealand Government’s …

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“As transparent a way as possible” – US Head TPP Negotiator

Chief US Negotiator Barbara Weisel confronted charges that the TPP negotiations are not transparent during Wednesday’s TPP press conference. write my paper “We all have done as much as we can to meet with the stakeholders and this includes not just meetings at the round, but regularly in our own capitals to …

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TPP negotiators duck “sensitive issues”

Trade analysts and stakeholders in Auckland for the TPP talks have told not to expect any progress on “sensitive” issues – including agricultural access – during this the 15th round of negotiations. It’s all “too hard”; “too early” – which doesn’t really cut it if this deal is to …

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TPP anything but plain sailing

The US is in the box seat for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations but despite the Americans’ clear negotiating clout – obvious on the outskirts of the TPP talks at SkyCity Convention Centre – things are not plain sailing. The powerful US Chamber of Commerce has made it …

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NZ well positioned for 2050, says Economist executive editor

“Surpringly well positioned for 2050”. That is how Daniel Franklin, editor of The Economist summed up New Zealand’s long-term economic position. Population growth was cited as a critical driver for growth, much the same as the Asian economy. That same Asian economy will be relied on to sustain continued growth also says …

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