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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. ...

TRADE AND THE VIRUS: UNITED WE STAND

TRADE AND THE VIRUS: UNITED WE STAND

Photo: First, do no harm - attributed to Hippocrates, 460-370 BC Economies need to fight the Covid-19 virus by standing together. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but not stupid ones.  The world faces an unprecedented challenge to human health and to...

Trade war – peace in our time?

Trade war – peace in our time?

The announcement of a ceasefire in the US/China trade war can be greeted with a sigh of relief by the international community but the agreement leaves a number of unanswered questions especially for New Zealand exporters. All eyes were on Washington this week as the...

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