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Let’s try that again:  Happy new year!

Let’s try that again: Happy new year!

In another year of disruption and loss there have been some surprising wins for trade. The kindest thing that could be said about 2021 is that things didn’t quite work out as planned.  We did not defeat the pandemic and lives and livelihoods continued to be lost....

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A little breathing room at the WTO

A little breathing room at the WTO

A little breathing room at the WTO The emergence of Omicron has meant that the WTO Ministerial Conference has been put on hold – leaving in limbo key decisions about pandemic trade responses and fish subsidies (not to mention agriculture).   But there is some good...

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Five Minutes to MC12

Five Minutes to MC12

In a fortnight’s time, Ministers from the 164 members of the World Trade Organisation will gather for the Twelfth Ministerial Conference (“MC12”) in Geneva. The pandemic, fish subsidies and agriculture will headline the agenda, but meaningful outcomes are far from a...

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High Noon For The NZ/UK FTA

High Noon For The NZ/UK FTA

What are the prospects for a strong outcome from the NZ/UK FTA negotiation? We’ve said it before:...

Wanted! New FTA Partners

Wanted! New FTA Partners

New research commissioned by the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) identifies options for...

No BAU at the WTO

No BAU at the WTO

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

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NZIBF 2021 Chair Report

We look forward to continuing to maximise opportunities for nurturing and growing New Zealand business’ integration in global markets.

Let’s try that again: Happy new year!

We end the year with a high degree of uncertainty about the new variant and with supply chains continuing to feel the impact of high shipping costs and logistical challenges.

A little breathing room at the WTO

The emergence of Omicron has meant that the WTO Ministerial Conference has been put on hold – leaving in limbo key decisions about pandemic trade responses and fish subsidies (not to mention agriculture). But there is some good news: members have finalised a deal to cut red tape for services exporters, and launched a new platform to help small businesses.

An Open Letter to Trade Minister O’Connor

We write this open letter to express the strong support of the New Zealand business community for ambitious outcomes at the Twelfth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (“MC12”).

APEC – ‘A POWERFUL EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY’ – BUSINESS FORUM

In a year of unprecedented challenge, New Zealand’s leadership in APEC and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has helped the region to weather the storm of the pandemic and secure a better foundation for the future

Five Minutes to MC12

In a fortnight’s time, Ministers from the 164 members of the World Trade Organisation will gather for the Twelfth Ministerial Conference (“MC12”) in Geneva.

APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration

This year APEC economies have reaffirmed their commitment to join together; to respond to the immediate crisis generated by the pandemic through urgent work.