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Parker seeks urgency for China free trade agreement upgrade
NZ Trade Minister David Parker and China Commerce Minister Zhong Shan have directed officials to complete negotiations on the upgrade of the China free trade deal as soon as possible.
Xinhua headlines: New Zealand PM’s China visit to promote ties, boost cooperation under BRI
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying New Zealand welcomes investment from Chinese enterprises and pledging to create a favorable business environment without discrimination against any enterprise from any country.
Why NZ must get rid of ISDS now
Australia’s costs for tobacco case it won show why NZ must get rid of ISDS now.
Trade numbers show promising start to CPTPP
Data indicate a boost to New Zealand beef and dairy exports.
China trade by the numbers: New Zealand’s big buyer
New Zealand sold nearly $8.6b worth of goods and services to the United States in 2018, only half what was sold to China. Which sectors are doing the most business with China?
Lessons from Aotearoa: The indigenous “exception” clause in free trade agreements
Exception clauses amount to little more than tokenism, and short-change our full rights to determine trade relationships on our land and oceanic territories.
EU-New Zealand FTA: Trade and Sustainable Development draft chapter (EU proposal, Feb 2019)
As released by the European Commission
Russel Norman – climate change and free trade
The panel on a sustainable world at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand argued for major changes to address pressing environmental issues.
Free Trade Agreement top of mind in EU meeting
A New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement was top of mind in discussions between Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and the EU’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.
EU-New Zealand FTA: NZ proposals (November 2018)
As released by the Government of New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern hopeful of FTA with the EU by the end of the year
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a completed free trade deal with the EU by the end of 2019 is realistic, but New Zealand will still push hard for open access for agricultural products to the EU market.
Clive Palmer threatens to sue Australian taxpayers for $45b as he re-routes business through NZ
Clive Palmer has channelled his corporate empire through New Zealand and threatened to use free trade rules to sue Australian taxpayers for $45 billion as part of a dispute with a Chinese mining company.
New Zealand signs post-Brexit recognition agreement with UK
New Zealand has joined Australia in signing up to a deal with Britain aimed at softening the impact of Brexit on trade.
Pacific Rim trade deal enters into force with steep tariff cuts for six nations including Singapore, Australia, Japan
Pacific trade pact takes off with tariff cut in six nations that ratified the pact
Progressive alternatives needed as failed TPPA model enters
Professor Kelsey notes the earlier criticisms of the TPPA are as valid now as they always were.
EU-New Zealand FTA: EU proposals (December 2018)
As released by the European Commission
NZ consults on a new free trade agreement with the UK
The government of New Zealand is seeking views about a free trade agreement with the UK and issued a call for written submissions.
New Zealand to update trade agreement
The agreement should include e-commerce and new business formats. China is also a strategic market for Fonterra, which exports 95 percent of its products.
NZ first country to ratify PACER Plus trade deal
New Zealand has become the first country to ratify a Pacific free trade deal.
Trade strategy hui attracts 17,000 online viewers
The hui on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like at Auckland University’s Fale Pasifika attracted a remarkable 16,831 pageviews over the two days of live-streaming.