No BAU at the WTO

The World Trade Organisation has unanimously selected Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new...

Trade in the worst of the worst times

“Out with the old, and in with the new”. The old saying seems to have particular relevance for...

RCEP Delivers New Rule Book for Asia Trade

It is said good things take time, and that is inevitably true of international free trade...
NZIBF Board meets on 25 November 2020

Farewell Despatch: Malcolm Bailey’s Annual report

NZIBF Board and guests meet on 25 November 2020 NZIBF Chair Malcolm Bailey has finished a 5-year...

What does a Biden Presidency mean for NZ/US Relations and Trade?

The American people have spoken.  America’s “better angels” have prevailed.  We all hope for...

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The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is the voice of business in APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation).   The three NZ Members of ABAC advise APEC Economic Leaders on priority business issues for the region.  New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021.   

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No BAU at the WTO

The World Trade Organisation has unanimously selected Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new Director-General, after months of uncertainty following a veto from the now-departed Trump Administration.  The appointment of Dr Okonjo-Iweala, as the first woman and first...

Trade in the worst of the worst times

“Out with the old, and in with the new”. The old saying seems to have particular relevance for 2020, a veritable annus horribilis for the global economy.  2021 can’t come fast enough, but while the vaccine portends better times to come,  many parts of the...

RCEP Delivers New Rule Book for Asia Trade

It is said good things take time, and that is inevitably true of international free trade negotiations.  More than eight years after launching, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement was finally signed on 15th November 2020 creating a new rule...

Farewell Despatch: Malcolm Bailey’s Annual report

NZIBF Board and guests meet on 25 November 2020 NZIBF Chair Malcolm Bailey has finished a 5-year term and passed the baton to Philip Gregan (CEO, NZ Winegrowers). Here is Malcolm’s final annual report which was presented on 25 November. I am pleased to present my...

In The News

Remarks to Public Private Dialogue on Renewable Energy

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL18 JANUARY 2021, MALCOLM JOHNS, ABAC NZ PUBLIC PRIVATE DIALOGUE ON PROPOSED APEC FRAMEWORK FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN RENEWABLE ENERGY Thanks for the opportunity to offer some concluding remarks for today’s dialogue. Let me start by...

New member for APEC Business Advisory Council

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps...

The New Trade Environment Through An Indigenous Lens

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ADDRESS TO AUCKLAND TRADE AND ECONOMIC POLICY SCHOOL SESSION TWO: THE NEW TRADE ENVIRONMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER 2020, RACHEL TAULELEI, ABAC NZ and CEO, KONO Tēnā koutou katoa It is fantastic to be...

Food Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL KEYNOTE SPEECH TO APEC WEBINAR ON THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND INFORMATION-SHARING 2 DECEMBER 2020, RACHEL TAULELEI, ABAC NZ Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak at this seminar on public-private...

Media Releases

CPTPP – A Chance For UK To Show Its Trade Credentials

Media release, 31 January 2021 Seeking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a chance for the United Kingdom to demonstrate the extent of its commitment to open markets and effective trade rules”, says Stephen...

China FTA Upgrade Shows NZ Can Do Business With China

Media release, 26 January 2021 The virtual signing of the Upgrade of the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement today is a great start to the new year, say business leaders from the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF). “This is good news at a difficult time and...

New Zealand to Chair APEC Business Advisory Council

Media release, 1 December 2020 As New Zealand assumes the role of Chair of APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) for 2021, Rachel Taulelei also takes over the role of Chair of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). “This is a unique opportunity for New Zealand...

RCEP Delivers New Rule Book for Asia Trade

Media release, 15 November 2020 Business leaders from the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) have welcomed the signing of  the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. NZIBF Chair Malcolm Bailey said:  “We are pleased that the...

Business Forum Ready To Help Adapt APEC In 2021

Media release, 30 June 2020 “The times require us all to adapt” said Malcolm Bailey, Chair of the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF), reacting today to the announcement that New Zealand’s chairing of APEC in 2021 would be done on virtual basis. “We...

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