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GUEST POST: Acting Digitally for Regional Impact

GUEST POST: Acting Digitally for Regional Impact

Rachel Taulelei and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor Rachel Taulelei is CEO of Kono and Chair of ABAC for 2021. Here she comments on progress in ABAC this year. APEC Trade Ministers have just met and have issued a statement, committing to reduce barriers for trade in...

No BAU at the WTO

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

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

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

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...

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...

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