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Brexit and NZ/UK Trade – Will There Be Blue Birds?

Brexit and NZ/UK Trade – Will There Be Blue Birds?

Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic song about the hope which sustained Britain during WWII might point equally to the challenges posed by Britain’s messy divorce from the European Union.  The date for the decree nisi – 31 December - is just two months away, with much detail...

TRADING PROMISES

TRADING PROMISES

This is a critical time.  Make your vote count on election day. New Zealand’s future prosperity and sustainability depend on it. It’s election day in Aotearoa/New Zealand on 17 October.  As in previous elections, the team at Trade Works is publishing here the...

GUEST POST:  Business gears up for APEC 2021

GUEST POST: Business gears up for APEC 2021

Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono and ABAC Chair for 2021 looks at how business can contribute and prepare for APEC 21 which the Government has announced will be held on virtual digital platforms. Tēnā koutou katoa In these unpredictable times it is challenging to think...

Digging DEPA: the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

Digging DEPA: the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

Trade changed significantly in the years following the creation of the World Wide Web in 1990, and then again exponentially with the advent of the first iPhone in 2007.  Rather than more traditional trade shipped by sea or air, “digital trade” can now be weightless,...

Can China join CPTPP?

Can China join CPTPP?

The Chinese Premier expresses interest in China joining CPTPP.  This should be encouraged. “China has a positive and open attitude about joining CPTPP”.  These words of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the conclusion of the recent National People’s Congress mark the...

Trade myths and realities in the Covid era

Trade myths and realities in the Covid era

Diversifying the New Zealand export economy is a worthy goal but requires a dose of commercial reality. A 2018 study of 183 economies’ dependence on China, undertaken by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, showed that New Zealand ranked 93rd. ...

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