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NZ/EU FTA – BLESSED BE THE CHEESEMAKERS

NZ/EU FTA – BLESSED BE THE CHEESEMAKERS

Will the NZ/EU FTA ever be finished, asks Stephen Jacobi.  In the Monty Python film, “Life of Brian”, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is poorly heard by some of the crowd, but the message is passed on: “Blessed be the cheese makers”. Two thousand years later cheesemakers...

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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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Britain here we come!

Britain here we come!

We are excited about the Agreement in Principle (AiP) on a future free trade agreement with the...

QUEUING FOR CPTPP

QUEUING FOR CPTPP

Are latest announcements of intended memberships a shot in the arm for the Trans Pacific trade...

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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THE NZ/EU FTA IS LIKE THE CURATE’S EGG

It’s fair enough to claim that this FTA was the best deal that could be obtained in the circumstances and that continuing negotiations might have led to a worse or even no outcome.

ADDRESS TO THE FONTERRA ALUMNI GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Exporters like Fonterra will need to pay attention to risk management and to make sure they can benefit from options opened up by new free trade agreements including with the UK and hopefully (fingers crossed here) also the EU.

NZ EU FTA – A MIXED BAG, SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

The EU will enjoy better conditions for investment, including a higher investment screening threshold similar to other FTA partners and better access to government procurement.

NZ EU FTA COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE – HOLD THE LINE, SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

As negotiations accelerate to conclude an ambitious free trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union, the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF), representing a cross section of major exporters, urges the Government and its negotiators to hold out for a commercially meaningful deal which expands market access for all exports and does not disadvantage or penalise any one sector.

WTO BACK IN BUSINESS – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) welcomes the outcome of the World Trade Organization (WTO) 12th Ministerial Council meeting in Geneva and congratulates Trade Minister O’Connor and officials.

Address to the 50th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

The pandemic is far from over, there is war in Europe (who would have thought we would be using that phrase in the 21st century), global markets are disrupted by supply chain bottlenecks and inflation is taking its toll on the global economy.

Remarks to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

NZIBF brings together a number of larger exporters and the peak business organisations to provide support and input into New Zealand’s trade negotiating efforts.