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NZIBF 2022 Chair Report

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2022 CHAIR’S REPORT I am pleased to...

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APEC Leaders Issue 2022 Declaration and the Bangkok Goals on the Bio-Circular-Green Economy

Issued by the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Bangkok, Thailand, 19...

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NZ BUSINESS LEADERS AT APEC 2022

New Zealand business will be represented at the APEC Leaders’...

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Address to the 51st One Stop Update for The Accountant In Business, 25 October 2022

ADDRESS TO THE 51st ONE STOP UPDATE FOR THE ACCOUNTANT...

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Submission to MPI on Modernising Our Export Assurances Systems: Legislative Options

Submission by Export NZ and NZIBF - 29 September 2022...

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Submission to MFAT for CPTPP Review

30 September 2022 Phil Mellor Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The now widespread use of the term “Indo Pacific” to...

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NZ Herald: Turbulence in global trade

Amidst the political topsy turvy of recent weeks came the...

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Address to World Affairs Forum, 22 August 2022

ADDRESS TO THE WORLD AFFAIRS FORUM AUCKLAND, 22 AUGUST 2022...

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TradeWindow: Digital trade provides hope through challenging times

It won’t come as a surprise to many people to...

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TRADE AND CLIMATE POLICIES NEED TO WORK TOGETHER – BUSINESS FORUM

A new report, commissioned by the NZ International Business Forum...

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Trade and Climate Change: State of Play

TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE: STATE OF PLAY. A discussion paper...

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

In which we like the good parts of the NZ...

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ADDRESS TO THE FONTERRA ALUMNI GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

ADDRESS TO THE FONTERRA ALUMNI GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP  AUCKLAND, 29...

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NZ EU FTA – A MIXED BAG, SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

Reacting to the overnight conclusion of negotiations for a free...

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

As negotiations accelerate to conclude an ambitious free trade agreement...

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WTO BACK IN BUSINESS – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM

Media release, 19 June 2022 The NZ International Business Forum...

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

ADDRESS TO THE 50TH ONE STOP UPDATE FOR THE ACCOUNTANT...

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Remarks by Rachel Taulelei to APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, 21 May 2022

ABAC NEW ZEALAND  REMARKS TO ABAC-MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRADE DIALOGUE...

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FROM APEC AND CPTPP TO IPEF – SMALL STEP OR GIANT LEAP?

The US idea of an Indo Pacific Framework (IPEF) continues...

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Remarks to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

NZ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM REMARKS TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE...

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Submission to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

INTERNATIONAL TREATY EXAMINATION OF THENEW ZEALAND UNITED KINGDOM FREE TRADE...

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BUSINESS FORUM COMMENDS RUSSIA SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) has commended Parliament’s bipartisan...

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Remarks made by ABAC New Zealand Chair Rachel Taulelei to GS1 Retail Plenary, 25 February 2022

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ADDRESS TO GS1 RETAIL PLENARY25 FEBRUARY...

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NZ/EU FTA – BLESSED BE THE CHEESEMAKERS

Will the NZ/EU FTA ever be finished, asks Stephen Jacobi....

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BUSINESS FORUM APPLAUDS “HISTORIC” NZ UK FTA

The conclusion of the NZ UK Free Trade Agreement is...

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ABAC I Media Release

APEC NEWS RELEASE Issued byThe APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)...

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GUEST POST: “Imagine if… Building a new future for Indigenous trade”

Indigenous business leaders from the APEC region contributed to the...

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NZIBF 2021 Chair Report

The NZIBF Board meets with Indian High Commissioner H E...

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Let’s try that again: Happy new year!

In another year of disruption and loss there have been...

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A little breathing room at the WTO

A little breathing room at the WTO The emergence of...

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An Open Letter to Trade Minister O’Connor

22 November 2021 Hon Damien O’ConnorMinister of Trade and Export...

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Remarks by ABAC Executive Director Stephen Jacobi to Pacific Basin Economic Council, 22 November 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL REMARKS TO PBEC CONFERENCE22 NOVEMBER 2021...

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

In a year of unprecedented challenge, New Zealand’s leadership in...

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Five Minutes to MC12

In a fortnight’s time, Ministers from the 164 members of...

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APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration

We, the Economic Leaders of APEC met on 12 November...

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Remarks by ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei to ABAC/APEC Economic Leaders’ Dialogue, 12 November 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL REMARKS TO  ABAC DIALOGUE WITH APEC...

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Press release from ABAC IV meeting, 10 November 2021

Business to APEC Leaders: work together to address pandemic recovery,...

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Remarks by ABAC Chair, Rachel Taulelei, to APEC Ministerial Meeting, 8 November 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING 8/9 NOVEMBER 2021...

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APEC 21 – BEATING COVID ONE ZOOM AT A TIME

The ABAC NZ TeamThe APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is...

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New Zealand ratifies RCEP, agreement to enter into force early next year

Written By: Hon Phil Twyford Source: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-ratifies-rcep-agreement-enter-force-early-next-year Aotearoa New Zealand has...

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NEW ZEALAND TO RATIFY RCEP – GOOD MOVE SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

Final steps are being completed for New Zealand’s ratification of...

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Britain here we come!

We are excited about the Agreement in Principle (AiP) on...

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Report to APEC Economic Leaders 2021

Report to Apec Economic Leaders 2021 [pdf-embedder url="https://tradeworks.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ABAC-Report-2021-Final.pdf"]

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Remarks by ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting, 22 October 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCILREMARKS TO APEC FINANCE MINISTERS’ MEETING 22...

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UK FTA BREAKTHROUGH WELCOME NEWS AT A CHALLENGING TIME

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) welcomes today’s announcement of...

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QUEUING FOR CPTPP

Are latest announcements of intended memberships a shot in the...

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CHINESE TAIPEI CPTPP APPLICATION WELCOME, SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

Media release, 23 September 2021 Chinese Taipei’s formal application to...

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CHINA’S CPTPP APPLICATION WELCOME, SAYS BUSINESS FORUM

Media release, 29 June 2021 China’s formal application to join...

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Remarks by ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei to APEC Senior Officials (SOM III), 2 September 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL APEC SENIOR OFFICIALS’ MEETING (SOM III)...

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High Noon For The NZ/UK FTA

What are the prospects for a strong outcome from the...

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APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL REMARKS TO THE APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING ON FOOD SECURITY

By Rachel Taulelei - ABAC Chair 2021 Minister O’Connor, Ministers,...

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SPEAKING BUSINESS TRUTH TO APEC POWER

By Rachel Taulelei, ABAC Chat 2021 What is needed to...

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Shared problems need shared solutions – starting now, say Asia-Pacific business leaders

Working together – as APEC Economic Leaders demonstrated recently –...

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Remarks by Rachel Taulelei to Hugo Group, Wellington, 3 August

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ADDRESS TO THE HUGO GROUP WELLINGTON,...

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APEC Economic Leaders’ Statement Overcoming COVID-19 and Accelerating Economic Recovery

Issued by the APEC Informal Leaders' Retreat Wellington, New Zealand,...

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Remarks to India NZ Business Summit

The Future of Trade Agreements and How Will They Differ...

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Wanted! New FTA Partners

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

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Wanted! New FTA Partners

This new research completed for NZIBF by Sense Partners provides...

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Wanted! New FTA partners

Media release, 29 June 2021 New research commissioned by the...

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APEC Looks to Partnerships to Support Business Recovery

Issued by the APEC Finance Ministers’ Process Wellington, New Zealand,...

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GUEST POST: Acting Digitally for Regional Impact

Rachel Taulelei and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor Rachel Taulelei is...

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APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting Joint Statement, 5 June

We, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for...

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Remarks by Rachel Taulelei to APEC Trade Ministers, 4 June

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, APEC MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRADE MEETING,...

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A strong, relevant and credible WTO is needed to build back better from COVID, say Asia-Pacific Business Leaders

APEC Business Advisory Council11 May 2021 Asia-Pacific business leaders, meeting...

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Market Access Is The Key To Unlock The NZ/UK FTA Negotiation

Media release, 6 May 2021 The NZ International Business Forum...

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Submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

CPTPP Accession - April 2021 Introduction and Summary This submission...

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Address to LEANZ (II)

"The Future of Global Trade Institutions Part II - The...

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Address to LEANZ (I)

"The Future of Global Trade Institutions - The Context" Address...

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Address to the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

“Coping with International Business in the turbulent times of Covid...

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Remarks by ABAC Chair Rachel Taulelei to APEC Senior Officials, 11/12 March 2021

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, APEC SENIOR OFFICIALS’ MEETING, 11/12 MARCH...

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Remarks to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

INTERNATIONAL TREATY EXAMINATION OF THE PROTOCOL TO UPGRADE THE FREE...

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Submission to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

International Treaty Examination of the Protocol to Upgrade the Free...

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International business calls for freer services trade

January 28, 2021 Dear JSI Co-Convenors: The members of the...

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All you ever wanted to know about APEC

Summer intern Kaitlin Outtrim has produced this useful backgrounder on...

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No BAU at the WTO

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

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Remarks to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

INTERNATIONAL TREATY EXAMINATION OF THE REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP)...

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Submission to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

INTERNATIONAL TREATY EXAMINATON OF THE REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT,...

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People, place and prosperity: Asia-Pacific business community’s call to action

APEC NEWS RELEASE Issued byThe APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)...

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CPTPP – A Chance For UK To Show Its Trade Credentials

Media release, 31 January 2021 Seeking to join the Comprehensive...

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China FTA Upgrade Shows NZ Can Do Business With China

Media release, 26 January 2021 The virtual signing of the...

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Remarks to Public Private Dialogue on Renewable Energy

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL18 JANUARY 2021, MALCOLM JOHNS, ABAC NZ...

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New member for APEC Business Advisory Council

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the...

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The New Trade Environment Through An Indigenous Lens

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ADDRESS TO AUCKLAND TRADE AND ECONOMIC...

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Food Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL KEYNOTE SPEECH TO APEC WEBINAR ON...

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Trade in the worst of the worst times

“Out with the old, and in with the new”. The...

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RCEP Delivers New Rule Book for Asia Trade

It is said good things take time, and that is...

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Farewell Despatch: Malcolm Bailey’s Annual report

NZIBF Board and guests meet on 25 November 2020 NZIBF...

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New Zealand to Chair APEC Business Advisory Council

Media release, 1 December 2020 As New Zealand assumes the...

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The ABAC opportunity for Māori

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL ADDRESS TO TE TAUMATA, WHAKATŪ, 24...

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APEC Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

Issued by the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,...

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Uniting to build a revitalised Asia-Pacific economic community

APEC NEWS RELEASE Issued by The APEC Business Advisory Council...

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What is RCEP and why is it important?

On 15 November New Zealand and 14 other Asian economies signed...

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RCEP Delivers New Rule Book for Asia Trade

Media release, 15 November 2020 Business leaders from the NZ...

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What does a Biden Presidency mean for NZ/US Relations and Trade?

The American people have spoken.  America’s “better angels” have prevailed. ...

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

Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic song about the hope which sustained...

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Virtual Ministerial Policy Dialogue on Food Security Statement on COVID-19

Putrajaya, Malaysia 27 October 2020 VIRTUAL MINISTERIAL POLICY DIALOGUE ON FOOD...

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Address to the 47th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

GLOBAL ECONOMIC UPDATE: TRENDS, SHIFTS AND IMPACTS ON NEW ZEALAND’S...

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TRADING PROMISES

This is a critical time.  Make your vote count on...

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Blog: Tech Week 2020: New Zealand’s digital future in the APEC region

The Asia-Pacific is the destination for three-quarters of New Zealand’s...

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How many eggs, in how many baskets” – new report on NZ/China trade

https://nzchinacouncil.org.nz/2020/08/report-explores-new-zealands-trade-exposure-to-china/ NZIBF has been proud to co-sponsor this new report...

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Ministers Responsible for Trade Virtual Meeting Joint Statement 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 25 July 2020 We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

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GUEST POST: Business gears up for APEC 2021

Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono and ABAC Chair for 2021...

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WTO fundamental to economic recovery and sustainable and inclusive growth

APEC NEWS RELEASE Issued byThe APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) ...

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Remarks to Te Taumata Hui, Gisborne/Turanga

21 July 2020 Stephen Jacobi – Executive Director, NZ International...

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Wanted: WTO Director General: Herculean qualities a plus.

The World Trade Organisation’s system of global trade rules has...

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Free trade between New Zealand and the UK – coming soon?

What role can New Zealand play with “global Britain”? If...

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Business Forum Ready To Help Adapt APEC In 2021

Media release, 30 June 2020 “The times require us all...

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Business Forum Welcomes NZ UK FTA Negotiation

Media release, 17 June 2020 The NZ International Business Forum...

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Digging DEPA: the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

Trade changed significantly in the years following the creation of...

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Can China join CPTPP?

The Chinese Premier expresses interest in China joining CPTPP.  This...

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Blueprint for Trans-Tasman travel lodged with Prime Ministers

ANZFL Media Release - Friday 5 June 2020 An alliance...

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Trade myths and realities in the Covid era

Diversifying the New Zealand export economy is a worthy goal...

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Remarks to Waiheke Rotary Club

Monday 18 May 2020 Stephen Jacobi - Executive Director, NZ...

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NZ’s Trade Leadership Vital, Say Major Food Exporters

Media release, 13 May 2020 Maintaining critical trading relationships and...

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Expert group formed to investigate safely opening trans-Tasman travel

ANZLF Media Release 5 May 2020 Plans for re-opening trans-Tasman...

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APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Issue Statement on COVID-19

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SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE AND THE MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT

EU-NEW ZEALAND FTA: GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GIs) APRIL 2020 This submission...

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Trade in the time of corona: food security implications

The pandemic is changing the way that we live, work...

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COVID-19: Time to Lift Export Bans and Lower Barriers on Medical Goods

Singapore, 21 April 2020 Trade policy is a tool for...

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Sarah’s Country: Collaborating on international trade with Stephen Jacobi

In this podcast hosted by Sarah Perriam, Stephen Jacobi explains...

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Make trade, not war: a new interim mechanism for trade dispute appeals

The World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement mechanism has long been...

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Guest blog: Asia-Pacific collaboration is the best strategy for COVID-19

Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono and Chair of the APEC...

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BUSINESS FORUM WELCOMES INTERIM WTO ARBITRATION ARRANGEMENTS

Media release, 30 March 2020 “Ensuring effective arbitration of trade...

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APEC collaboration the first-best strategy to combat COVID-19, says business

APEC NEWS RELEASE - Issued by The APEC Business Advisory...

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BUSINESS FORUM STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING SUPPLY CHAINS OPEN

Media release, 24 March 2020 The New Zealand International Business...

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TRADE AND THE VIRUS: UNITED WE STAND

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Business leaders to focus on leveraging APEC 2021 for New Zealand

Preparations for NZ's hosting of APEC 2021 are stepping up...

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Achieving integration and inclusion in the age of disruption

APEC NEWS RELEASE Issued by The APEC Business Advisory Council...

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Submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION (APEC 2021) BILL FEBRUARY 2020 This...

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Business Forum Announces New APEC Partnership

11 February 2020 The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF)...

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“Positioning New Zealand In A Time Of Uncertainty”

ADDRESS TO THE SHEPHERDS WELLINGTON, 10 FEBRUARY 2020 STEPHEN JACOBI,...

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Brave New World: the UK formally separates from the EU

The UK has now formally withdrawn from the EU.  We...

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Trade war – peace in our time?

The announcement of a ceasefire in the US/China trade war...

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Trade in 2019 – somewhere over the rainbow…

The sky is definitely not blue for the global trading...

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Connect People to Build the Future: Host Economy Leader’s Statement

Issued by the APEC Chile 2019 Santiago, Chile, 7 December...

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Chair’s Annual Report 2019

Annual General Meeting Auckland, 26 November 2019 I am pleased...

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PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council

18 November 2019 Placing diverse New Zealand business and trade...

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NZIBF Welcomes RCEP Breakthrough

5 November 2019 New Zealand business leaders have reacted positively...

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NZIBF Welcomes China FTA Upgrade

4 November 2019 New Zealand’s trade relationship with China stands...

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APEC News Release: Geneva Visit Highlights Support For WTO

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Media Release...

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The Art of the (Mini-) Deal: a New US-Japan Trade Agreement

The US and Japan have struck a new “mini” trade...

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ASEAN FORUM: Doing Business in ASEAN – Digital, Dynamic, Diverse

SMEs: Unlocking the Potential in ASEAN – and Beyond Remarks...

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Remarks to the 46th Joint Meeting of the Japan NZ Business Council

“Current Situation and Outlook for NZ and Japan: CPTPP, RCEP...

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Trans-Tasman senior leaders gather to identify opportunities to drive growth in Australia and New Zealand

Thursday, 5 September 2019 On 13th September, Australia’s top business leaders...

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Trading into uncertainty: Two months to Brexit

Photo: Even Newton’s Cradle stops eventually – but only after...

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The Great Unravelling

The trade war is spawning an increasingly chaotic global trade...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, July 2019

THIRD MEETING, HANGZHOU, 22-25 JULY 2019 SUMMARY The third meeting...

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Two and a half cheers for RCEP !

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT FOR GROWTH

PRESENTATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND MBA PROGRAMME 3 AUGUST...

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APEC Vision: David Dodwell

APEC has some unfinished business, writes David Dodwell from Hong...

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IOD Interview: Stephen Jacobi – A mainstay in international trade

The Institute of Directors recently interviewed NZIBF Executive Director, Stephen...

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Why China Matters To New Zealand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl9T5XhA2-g Stephen Jacobi explains more about the important relationship between...

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A green light for the Asia-Pacific business community

Senior Asia-Pacific business representatives, meeting in the APEC Business Advisory...

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What is RCEP?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free...

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What’s the state of play with Brexit?

Steph Honey explains the current state of Brexit, what the...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, April 2019

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL SECOND MEETING, JAKARTA, 23-26 APRIL 2019...

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Feeling the ripples: The Trade War and the Farmers

Agriculture has always been the poor cousin of global trade...

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What is TradeWorks all about?

https://youtu.be/ICEtORw22RE Stephen Jacobi explains more about TradeWorks. In this video,...

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Don’t Panic, Miss Muffet

Originally published in The Spinoff, June 2019. Taking a longer...

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Opportunity: Japan – 29 May 2019

Hosted by Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, NZTE, JETRO and ATEED...

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Updating the AANZFTA

The ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), Australia and...

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Surfing the digital wave: Developing enabling rules for digital trade

Surfing the digital wave Digital technology is transforming everything about...

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Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting Joint Statement 2019

We, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for...

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Myth and Reality: Trade War Round Two

Rain over the Great Wall of China The latest round...

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The NZ/EU Free Trade Agreement

The first in a new series of short videos highlighting...

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ANZLF speech – 2 May 2019

By Fiona Cooper, Director, ANZLF New Zealand NZIIA Hawkes Bay,...

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Sustaining prosperity: Asia-Pacific business supporting the WTO

Senior Asia-Pacific business leaders have issued a strong call to support...

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The WTO: Fundamental to sustained prosperity and inclusive growth

26 April 2019 The WTO and its predecessor the GATT...

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Never more important to affirm openness and economic integration, says ABAC Chair

26 April 2019 Senior Asia-Pacific business leaders of the APEC...

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Cutting back WTO Tariff Rate Quotas post-Brexit is Unjustified

23 April 2019 Joint statement – NZ Food and Beverage...

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ADDRESS TO THE CANTERBURY CLUB CHRISTCHURCH, 27 MARCH 2019

By Stephen Jacobi, Executive DirectorNZ International Business Forum Thank you...

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Brexit: Should I stay or should I go now?

Just over a week before the Brexit deadline, the UK...

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5 Minutes to Brexit

Less than two weeks before “B-Day”, the Brexit process has...

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The digital economy can deliver massive gains – if we get policies right

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WHAT’S UP WITH NEW ZEALAND AND CHINA?

Ambassador Wu Xi addresses charity gala dinner The last year...

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ADDRESS TO THE HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH OF THE NZ INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

HAVELOCK NORTH, 19 FEBRUARY 2019Stephen JacobiExecutive Director, NZ International Business...

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Looking for Cloud Nine: Leveraging the benefits of digital trade for New Zealand

The “digital revolution” is transforming not only the way that...

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Deal or No Deal:  Sliding closer to the Brexit cliff-edge – Updated

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Trade in 2018 – Still looking for that Star

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(Br)exit stage left?: The UK/EU divorce and trade implications for New Zealand

Brexit has a certain Humpty-Dumpty quality to it The already-parlous...

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Chairman’s Annual Report 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WELLINGTON, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT I...

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Remarks at reception following AGM from NZIBF Chairman

NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM REMARKS AT RECEPTION FOLLOWING AGM...

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“Old friends, new opportunities – the potential for a UK NZ FTA”

"Old friends, new opportunities - the potential for a UK...

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Old friends, new opportunities: the importance of a UK NZ FTA

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF). 28 November...

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Tackling trade barriers to help deliver Asia-Pacific prosperity

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  26 November...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, November

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOURTH MEETING, PORT MORESBY, 13-17 NOVEMBER...

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Small business success is at the heart of a thriving Asia-Pacific region

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF). 19 November...

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Resolve trade tensions and drive regional cooperation to lift APEC living standards

Senior business leaders from around the Asia-Pacific, meeting in Port...

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APEC in PNG: Putting the “P” in Asia Pacific

Leaders, Ministers, senior officials and business people from the 21...

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Trade picture cloudy after midterms

BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope gives his assessment of the implications...

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Submission to DIT consultation on NZ UK FTA

Potential Bilateral Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and...

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China’s Dream – Trade War and Peace

Over 3000 international companies from 150 nations including 90 New...

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Trade agreements: good things come in threes

This has been a hectic but productive week for New...

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Last train to RCEP?

The huge RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership)* trade deal is...

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The Law of Intended Consequences

Not content with threatening to impose tariffs on all of...

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Submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – “Trade for All Consultation”

SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE “TRADE...

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Saving the World (Trade Organisation)

The World Trade Organisation system has underpinned seventy years of...

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New friends from an old continent

There is a certain irony in New Zealand’s current free...

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Towards a New Zealand European Union FTA: Update

New Zealand and the European Union are negotiating a new...

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Global Services Coalition (GSC) Delegation to the 2018 WTO Public Forum Press Release

2 October 2018 - The eleven Services Coalitions comprising the Global...

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“The greatest FTA ever negotiated”

If you know your French history, in 1789, Louis XVI,...

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Welcome to the Kiwi Act!

Some positive news from the United States: we are delighted...

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Global trade trends impacting New Zealand’s Rural Economy

"Global trade trends impacting New Zealand’s Rural Economy" Speech to...

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Submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE EUROPEAN...

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US China Trade War – Threat or Opportunity?

REMARKS TO NZ CHINA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY EVENT AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY29 AUGUST...

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Submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee of the New Zealand Parliament

SUBMISSION TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE COMMITTEE OF...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, July

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL THIRD MEETING, KUALA LUMPUR, 23-26 JULY...

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And now for something completely different (?) – enter RCEP

Some people may not have heard about the Regional Comprehensive...

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Building a sustainable and inclusive future in turbulent times

Senior business leaders from around the Asia-Pacific, meeting in Kuala...

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Opportunity and risk in the current trade environment

NZIBF Director Stephen Jacobi discusses what is happening in the world...

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The best of times and the worst of times for trade

This has been an action-packed few weeks for trade, with...

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“Trade Wars are Good, and Easy to Win”

Whether you see it as all-out trade war or simply...

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First shots fired in trade war

Economy Hub: D-Day for Trump trade war. NZIBF Director Stephen...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, April

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL SECOND MEETING, TOKYO, 16-19 APRIL 2018...

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On the Trade for All train

Some positive news amongst the doom and gloom of global...

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Teetering on the trade brink

US President Donald J Trump’s intention to proceed with tariffs...

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Remarks to ‘Just Share’ Roundtable

REMARKS TO “JUSTSHARE” ROUNDTABLE LONDON, 30 MAY 2018  STEPHEN JACOBI, EXECUTIVE...

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EU negotiating mandate for FTA negotiations with New Zealand is approved

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  23 May...

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Remarks to Select Committee – CPTPP

REMARKS TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL TREATY...

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Running hot and cold with TPP

Although wailing and gnashing of teeth appears to have largely...

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Address to Japan NZ Business Council

ADDRESS TO JAPAN NZ BUSINESS COUNCIL AUCKLAND, 23 APRIL 2018 ...

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Asia-Pacific at the crossroads: choosing prosperity

“Our region stands at a crossroads,” said David Toua, Chair...

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Submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee of the New Zealand Parliament

SUBMISSION TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE COMMITTEE OF...

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Collateral damage: Nobody wins in a trade war

The international rules-based trading system is essential to the economic...

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CPTPP signed – let’s get working

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  9 March...

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ABAC 18 – Luke Sweeney on young people and trade

As part of our #ABACUnwrapped series, youth volunteer Luke Sweeney...

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ABAC 18 – David Toua on the Pacific in Asia-Pacific

From our #ABACUnwrapped series, David Toua speaks about key issues...

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Does Trade War loom? Nerves of Steel.

Stephanie Honey comments on the latest threat to the world...

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The CPTPP Countdown is On

NZIBF Director Stephen Jacobi appeared on The AM Show yesterday...

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ABAC 18 – Mr Motomu Takahashi, the issues facing APEC businesses

At #ABAC, challenges facing APEC businesses were discussed. In the...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, February

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL FIRST MEETING, AUCKLAND, 1-4 FEBRUARY 2018...

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Submission to the UK Trade Committee Inquiry

18 January 2018 UK's trade relationship with Australia and New...

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Comprehensive and Progressive, the Time for CPTPP is Now

It takes the power of a good idea. A “comprehensive...

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ABAC 18 – Mr Motomu Takahashi on Japan’s reaction to CPTPP

At ABAC in Auckland, Mr Motomu Takahashi talks about the...

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ABAC 18 – Ms Hafimi Abdul Haadii on SMEs and enabling women

Ms Hafimi Abdul Haadi speaks from her experience as a...

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ABAC 18 – Alan Bollard on the impact of the CPTPP

As part of our #ABACUnwrapped series, Allan Bollard explains how...

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ABAC 18 – Alan Bollard on economic challenges for Asia-Pacific

As part of our #ABAC Unwrapped series, Allan Bollard talks...

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Remarks to NZIIA “Law of the Jungle” Conference

REMARKS TO NZIIA “LAW OF THE JUNGLE” CONFERENCE WELLINGTON, 27...

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ABAC 18 – Katherine Rich on our participation in the Asia-Pacific economy

Katherine Rich explains the significance of hosting the ABAC meeting...

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ABAC 18 – Katherine Rich on how APEC can help empower women

At the ABAC meeting in Auckland, there was a focus...

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Better Jobs and Opportunities for All

ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) met in Auckland for four...

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What is ABAC? Stephen Jacobi explains.

Tradeworks executive director Stephen Jacobi explains why TPP negotiations across...

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What does inclusive growth mean for SMEs in the Asia Pacific?

Guest post from Tenby Powell, Director of Hunter Powell Investments...

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Leverage the digital future for prosperous communities, say Asia-Pacific business leaders

Sharing the benefits of growth and embracing the digital economy...

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Address to the SME Leap Summit. CPTPP – Six Ways and More to Help

ADDRESS TO SME LEAP SUMMIT AUCKLAND, 31 JANUARY 2018 STEPHEN...

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Auckland gathering of Asia-Pacific business leaders focus on trade, digital, SMEs

Issued by BusinessNZ 31 January 2018 - The meeting of the...

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The Spinoff: The reborn TPP shows progressive trade policy has real currency

This article was written by NZIBF Director Stephen Jacobi for...

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Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Selected Committee of the New Zealand Parliament

SUBMISSION TO THE FINANCE AND EXPENDITURE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE...

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CPTPP – Not a moment too soon, says Business Forum

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  24 January...

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New Zealand International Business Forum: Chairman’s Report 2017

Annual General Meeting Wellington, 30 November 2017 Chairman's Report I...

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Looking forward, looking back

A new government, a renamed TPP, ongoing squabbles about Brexit,...

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It takes 164 to tango: the 11th WTO Ministerial Meeting in Buenos Aires

In a few days’ time, Trade Ministers from the 164...

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Sam McIvor: New TPP preserves the benefits for rural communities

This article was published in NZ Herald on 17 November...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, November

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOURTH MEETING, DANANG, 4-6 NOVEMBER 2017...

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Making Trade Comprehensive and Progressive Again

Like the fabled phoenix rising from the ashes, a revised...

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Business Forum welcomes new look TPP

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  11 November...

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Keep shoulders to the wheel, urge Asia-Pacific business leaders

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Senior business representatives...

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Guest post: Future-casting the Asia-Pacific: November APEC meetings in Vietnam

Guest post from Katherine Rich, CEO of the New Zealand...

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Submission to MFAT: Proposed NZ-Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement

SUBMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROPOSED...

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Splitsville: Tariff rate quotas after Brexit

As part of the Brexit “divorce talks” to prepare for...

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WTO launches 2017 World Trade Report on trade, technology and jobs

27 September 2017 - Technology and trade have propelled the...

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Speech to Governance NZ Annual Conference, Auckland

Speech to Governance NZ Annual Conference, Auckland Thursday 21 September...

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How trade can win on 23 September

Some reflections on the importance of trade in the forthcoming...

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RCEP: cautious steps in the right direction

Last week’s ministerial meeting for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership...

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National: The boldest-ever Trade push

Guest post: Hon Todd McClay, Minister of Trade In the world...

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New Horizons to explore with China

Kiwi businesses can look forward to expanding horizons with China,...

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Greens: Making Trade Work for All

Guest Post: Barry Coates MP, Green Party's Spokesperson for Trade...

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New Zealand and Japan Business Leaders meet in support of TPP

Issued by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).  5 September,...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, July

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL THIRD MEETING, TORONTO, 24-28 JULY 2017...

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NZ First: Trade will grow the economy

Guest post: Fletcher Tabuteau - NZ First's Trade Spokesperson NZ First...

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Labour: Exports, FTAs and Homes

Guest post: Hon. David Parker – Labour’s Trade Spokesperson The...

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Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Disappointed by Queensland Policy Move

Issued by BusinessNZ "Businesses across Australia and New Zealand will...

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The TPP’s not dead – here’s why

Written by NZIBF Director Stephen Jacobi for The Spinoff.  The NZ election...

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Roadology – and The Art of Economic Co-operation

There is an old Chinese saying –要想富先修路 (yāo xiǎng fù...

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The new ‘Trade Barriers’ NTB portal: To boldly go where no trade has gone before

The Government has just launched a new website called Trade...

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Progress towards TPP 11 welcomed

Issued by New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF). 17 August...

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Guest post: Business has key role to future-proof pipeline of Asia-competent workforce

Guest post from Kirk Hope, CEO of BusinessNZ Asia New Zealand...

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Guest post: O Canada! Talking trade in Toronto

Guest post from Phil O’Reilly, member of ABAC New Zealand...

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Guest post: Challenges of negotiating trade liberalisation

Guest post from Stephen Hoadley, Associate Professor of Politics and International...

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APEC must be a beacon of openness, inclusivity and innovation

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) ‘The APEC region...

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Remarks to launch of “New Zealand Trade Negotiations”

NZIBF is pleased to sponsor the publication of a new...

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Guest post: Free trade a fine fit for NZ

Guest post from Lain Jager, Chief Executive of Zespri New Zealand isn’t a...

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JEEPAs Creepers: Cars, cheese and competitive advantage

Japan and the EU have reached agreement in principle on...

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When the going gets tough…

Trade liberalisation has been a tough gig of late, but...

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NZ-Pacific Alliance – Game On, says Business Forum

“Great potential for increased trade and a welcome sign of...

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Sustainable development at the heart of new PACER Plus trade agreement

Sustainable development and inclusive growth are central to the new...

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The very model of a modern trade agreement: scoping an EU-NZ FTA

The outline of a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and ambitious FTA...

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Speech to the CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum, 31 May 2017

REMARKS TO THE CER-ASEAN INTEGRATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM  31 MAY 2017 STEPHANIE HONEY,...

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Guest post: Success for families and farmers – The Greenlea Free Trade Story

Guest post from Tony Egan, Managing Director of Greenlea Most New Zealanders...

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TPP needed now more than ever

News from Hanoi that the eleven remaining members of the...

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The Brexit Odyssey: the next chapter unfolds

The UK’s epic journey to break away from the EU...

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Business Forum welcomes Ratification of TPP

The NZ International Business Forum welcomes the New Zealand Government's...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, April

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL SECOND MEETING, SEOUL, 26-29 APRIL 2017...

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Stay the course on globalization but make it work better, say Asia-Pacific business leaders

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Seoul, 28 April...

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Guest post: Inclusive growth in a globalising world

Guest post from Tenby Powell, Hunter Powell Investments, founder of the...

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ZIMAO XIEDING SHENGJI 自贸协定升级

Three cheers for China!  As much of the world appears...

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Defending Globalisation: We’re all in this together

Three leading global economic institutions – the World Trade Organisation,...

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Once Were Tariffs: NTBs and “Trade Agenda 2030”

The Government’s new trade strategy, “Trade Agenda 2030”, identifies addressing...

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Speech to the World Services Group, 6 April 2017

ADDRESS TO THE WORLD SERVICES GROUP AUCKLAND, 6 APRIL 2017...

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ABAC Cross-Cutting Principles to ensure NTMs do not become NTBs

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION WORKING GROUP ABAC...

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Crossing the Rubicon: Britain triggers Article 50

British Prime Minister Theresa May has now passed the point...

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China FTA upgrade talks to begin in April – Premier Li Keqiang visit

The Government's announcement of outcomes from the visit of Chinese...

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A Trade Policy for Our Times (reprise)

These are definitely the best of times and the worst...

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Business Forum welcomes Trade Strategy for Uncertain times

The New Zealand International Business Forum congratulates Prime Minister Bill...

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The International Trade Environment – address by Philip Turner, Fonterra, 15 March 2017

Read this speech by Philip Turner, Director, Global Stakeholder Affairs,...

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TPP: Slow and steady in Viña del Mar

Progress among the ‘TPP-11’ was more tortoise than hare at...

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Guest Post: Deep sea salvage – raising TPP?

Guest post from Tracey Epps, Trade Law Consultant, Chapman Tripp. A...

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New European horizons: hands across the water

At a time when the media is abuzz with gloomy...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, February

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL FIRST MEETING, BANGKOK, 20-23 FEBRUARY 2017...

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Asia-Pacific Business Leaders welcome the entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Bangkok, 23 February...

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Business must focus on open trade benefits and adverse impacts

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Bangkok, 23 February...

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Guest post: Better work stories

  Guest post from Katherine Rich, CEO of the New Zealand Food...

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Guest post: Singapore slings and regional economic integration

Guest post from Katherine Rich, CEO of the New Zealand Food and...

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Advance Australasia Fair

There’s nothing like having the relatives over. Prime Minister Bill English...

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Speech to the Asia Forum, 7 February 2017

ADDRESS TO THE ASIA FORUM WELLINGTON, 7 FEBRUARY 2017 STEPHEN...

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Make Trade Great Again?

The American people have chosen their new President and he...

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“Global Britain”: A hard (Brexit) row to hoe?

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants to “build...

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Mr English goes to Europe

This post was prepared by Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of...

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Guest Post: Is TPP dead – or not?

Guest post from Tracey Epps, Trade Law Consultant, Chapman Tripp. TPP...

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Guest Post: Is New Zealand the shag on the rock of the world trading system?

Guest post from Philip Turner, Director of Global Stakeholder Affairs, Fonterra...

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The Global Future: Challenges to Security, Stability and Sustainability

Address to NZIIA Conference, 21 November 2016 Philip Turner, Director...

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New Zealand International Business Forum: Chairman’s Report

Annual General Meeting Wellington, 1 December 2016  Chairman's Report I...

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Guest Post: Five things you need to know about Non-tariff measures this Christmas

Guest post from John Ballingall, Deputy Chief Executive, NZ Institute for...

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Non-Tariff Barrier research welcomed

Issued by the New Zealand Government 29 November, 2016 - Trade Minister...

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Non-tariff barriers – a hidden brake on New Zealand economic growth

Issued by New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) and APEC...

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Non-tarriff barriers to food trade an obstacle to the lasting prosperity of the APEC region

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Lima, 17 November...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, November

APEC Business Advisory Council - Fourth Meeting, Lima, 13 - 16...

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Return to Trade Bipartisanship Welcomed

Issued by NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) 22 November, 2016...

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Guest Post: The New Leader of the Free Trade World?

Guest post from Tony Nowell, CNZM, Member, ABAC New Zealand At...

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Launch of negotiations to upgrade China FTA announced

Issued by the New Zealand Government 21 November, 2016 - Prime Minister...

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APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Lima

Issued by the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Lima, Peru,...

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2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement

Issued by the 2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting Lima, Peru, 18...

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How to fix trade in the age of Trump

Written by Crawford Falconer, published in NZ Herald  Friday 18...

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ABAC to Urge APEC Leaders to Ensure Everyone Benefits From Economic Integration

Issued by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Lima, November...

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APEC Leaders, Ministers in Lima to Confront Globalization Concerns

Issued by the APEC Secretariat Lima, Peru, 15 November 2016 – The...

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TPP Act sends important signal – Business Leaders

Issued by NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) 15 November 2016...

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Guest Post: Getting down to business in Lima

Guest post from Katherine Rich CEO of the New Zealand...

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What’s next for Trade under Trump?

It won’t be business as usual on trade once President...

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Speech to Dutch Economic Mission to New Zealand, 7 November 2016

REMARKS TO DUTCH ECONOMIC MISSION TO NEW ZEALAND (AGRI AND...

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RCEP – getting closer to the end game

On the eve of the US Presidential elections, there remains...

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A Vision for Enhanced Collaboration

Aust-NZ leadership advances vision for enhanced collaboration Collaboration on infrastructure,...

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Wallonia, a new global power in trade policy?

CETA, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement seven years in the making,...

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New horizons for services exporters?

Services have been described as something you can buy and...

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Speech to the Food Security Ministers’ Meeting, 27 September 2016

Intervention by Tony Nowell on Market Access, Trade and Investment...

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A Week of Food Security…in deepest darkest Peru

More than just marmalade will be top of mind for...

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APEC Mitigates Agriculture Challenges to Boost Growth

Issued by the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group Piura,...

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A Trade Policy for our times

The Government is “refreshing” its trade policy strategy. That’s both admirable...

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STATEMENT TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE SELECT COMMITTEE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AMENDMENT BILL

NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM  STATEMENT TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS,...

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If not TPP, then what?

By Stephen Jacobi for The Spinoff Trade has been described...

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Trade and the Rural Sector: if not TPP, then what?

ADDRESS TO 16th MARKETING TO THE RURAL SECTOR CONFERENCE  ...

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REPORT TO NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS – APEC Business Advisory Council, August

APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL - THIRD MEETING, SHENZHEN, 1-4 AUGUST 2016...

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Open Trade and Investment and Structural Reform are Keys to Quality Growth – ABAC

APEC NEWS RELEASE Asia-Pacific Business Leaders:  Issued by The APEC Business Advisory...

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Oh, What A Lovely War

Who spoke to whom about what in China has over...

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No, this is not a Trade War

NO THIS IS NOT A TRADE WAR  Stephen Jacobi[1] argues...

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Brexit: Keep Calm and Carry On (Doing Business)?

The Big One or just a tiddler temblor?  The initial...

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RCEP COMES TO TOWN

It’s not a secret – negotiators from the sixteen member...

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ADDRESS TO PRIMARY INDUSTRY SUMMIT – WELLINGTON, 23 MAY 2016

“TPP UNWRAPPED – FOR THE PRIMARY INDUSTRIES” Having participated in...

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TPP Unwrapped – for Health IT

Address to NZHIT Networking Event, 21 April 2016 Stephen Jacobi,...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about TPP but were too afraid to ask

Address to U3A, Wellington, 15 April 2016 Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director,...

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ABAC Statement – International Treaty Examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

Statement to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee,...

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International Treaty Examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

Statement to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee,...

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TPPA Unwrapped – address to the Nelson Branch of the Institute for International Affairs

5 April 2016, Nelson, by Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director, New Zealand International...

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Non tariff barriers – a new frontier for trade policy.

A recent report from the forest industry[1] has drawn attention...

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ABAC to Encourage Digital Revolution in the APEC Region for Businesses Large and Small

San Francisco, 28 February 2016 – Prioritizing both domestic and...

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TPP business community welcomes agreement, calls for early ratification

The business community strongly supports the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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TPP – a big shift for agriculture?

By Stephen Jacobi Mixed bag of immediate benefits for agriculture...

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TPP will be good for New Zealand – A Kiwi farmer’s view

Canterbury farmer Craige Mackenzie expresses his support for TPP on...

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Trade And Health – A Business Perspective

Address to Otago University Trade and Health Seminar, Wellington, 16 February...

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Right of Reply: Why Business Supports TPP – Honestly

By Stephen Jacobi When Rod Oram said in his column...

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Business Forum Welcomes TPP Signing

The business community strongly supports the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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Of Mountains and Trade Agreements

The TPP mountain is worth climbing argues Stephen Jacobi. Even...

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Letter to Andrew Little

Dear Andrew Thank you for clarifying your opposition to the...

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Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister We welcome the signing of the Trans...

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Bipartisan Approach To Trade Vital Says Business

The loss of bipartisanship from New Zealand’s trade policy is...

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The sun will surely rise on February 5

You heard it here:  the sun will rise the day...

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From Paris to Nairobi – political will required

OP21 in Paris showed that multilateral solutions can be found...

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Eyes On WTO Ministerial, Nairobi

A lot is at stake in the World Trade Organisation...

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The RCEP – another building block towards regional integration

The process of integrating key economies in the Asia Pacific...

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ABAC Dialogue with APEC Economic Leaders (2015)

Here's an extremely informative video presenting ABAC’s report to APEC...

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Understanding TPP and its Importance for New Zealand and Latin America

Address to Latin America New Zealand Business Council Auckland, 30...

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APEC Leaders, Business Align Policy Visions for New Environment

Manila, The Philippines, 18 November 2015 — Philippine President Benigno...

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The Implications of Free Trade Agreements for the Wine Industry

Notes for an address to international wine law association (Australasian...

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It’s more fun in the Philippines!

The Philippines was the exuberant host for this year’s series...

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TPP explained, part 2: Which sectors benefit from this mega FTA?

By Stephen Jacobi, 09 Nov 2015 In my earlier piece...

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TPP explained, part 1: How does NZ benefit from the TPP?

By Stephen Jacobi, 09 Nov 2015 Helen Clark caused some...

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New Zealand business at APEC Manila

12 November 2015 A delegation of New Zealand business representatives...

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New Zealand International Business Forum: AGM Chairman’s Report

Annual General Meeting, 10 November 2015 - Graeme Harrison, KNZM, Chairman I...

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New Zealand EU Free Trade Agreement Resources

Here at NZIBF we’re big believers in the benefits of...

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New Zealand releases TPP text

Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the release of the...

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TPP risks overstated

A new report on the Trans Pacific Partnership concludes that...

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EU Presidents meet New Zealand Prime Minister in Brussels on 29 October

Joint statement of the Presidents of the European Council and...

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Support for NZ EU FTA – NZ International Business Forum

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) has warmly welcomed...

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Trade leaders of New Zealand and the EU meet to discuss a potential free trade agreement

EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, and New Zealand's Minister of...

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TPP more than sum of its uneven parts

By Stephen Jacobi I was asked by a television channel...

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Japan and New Zealand: An Added Value Relationship – Realising the TPP Opportunity

Address To Japan New Zealand Business Council, 42nd Annual Joint...

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Business Forum welcomes EU interest in FTA with New Zealand

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is delighted at...

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TPP Contains Major Advances at Manageable Cost

At eleventh hour in Atlanta last week Ministers managed to...

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Making Trans Pacific Friends – New Zealand, China and the United States

Address to the Conference of The New Zealand Contemporary China...

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International Business Forum welcomes TPP Atlanta deal

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is delighted and...

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TPP – on a midnight train to Georgia

TPP negotiators meet in the unlikely place of Atlanta this...

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Think Europe as well as Asia says International Business Forum

The New Zealand International Business Forum is urging the New...

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Think Europe as well as Asia

A decision about whether the New Zealand and the European...

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Towards a New Zealand-European Union FTA

A discussion paper prepared by the New Zealand International Business...

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TPP – a prize worth the effort

By Stephen Jacobi Few trade agreements have generated as many...

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International Business Forum Welcomes Updated Business Growth Agenda

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) welcomes the Government’s...

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A New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement would be good for business

New Zealand and the European Union (EU) are currently reflecting...

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APEC – inter-dependence, inclusiveness, integration

  For New Zealanders APEC is normally something that happens...

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TPP – where to from here (and how did we get here anyway)?

Address to NZ institute for International Affairs, Wellington, 2 September...

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Can we focus just a moment on the big picture please?

The Chinese stock-market dive, the impact of fluctuating commodity prices,...

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ABAC to propose initiatives to promote inclusive growth

ABAC to propose initiatives to promote inclusive growth ABAC -...

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Making sense of the TPP end game

There’s an old Peggy Lee song – “If that’s all...

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TPP – Let’s keep dancin’ folks By Stephen Jacobi [1] Dominion Post, August 2015

Stephen Jacobi keeps calm after the Maui TPP negotiations. There's...

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APEC Business Travel Card to be extended to five years from 1 September

APEC Business Travel Card to be extended to five years...

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Successful negotiations to liberalise tariffs on IT products to benefit NZ exporters

Successful negotiations to liberalise tariffs on IT products to benefit...

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WTO procurement agreement opens up the world for Kiwi companies

WTO procurement agreement opens up the world for Kiwi companies...

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New Zealand looking to advance RCEP trade talks: trade minister

New Zealand looking to advance RCEP trade talks: trade minister...

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TPP – game on !

Now that the US Congress has finally given President Obama...

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Of leaks and TPP conspiracy

The leak of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text on transparency...

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Trade Minister comments on APEC meeting in Boracay

Trade Minister comments on APEC meeting in Boracay The Philippine...

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Free trade agreements lead to rising exports, study confirms

Free trade agreements lead to rising exports, study confirms APEC...

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APEC trade ministers issue statement in Boracay

APEC trade ministers issue statement in Boracay APEC - 24...

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Trade Promotion Authority – so far so good

After weeks of political and procedural wrangling the United States...

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APEC head predicts TPP’s ratification

APEC head predicts TPP's ratification Radio New Zealand - 7...

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Trade debate takes off in US – and NZ!

On a rare day in Washington recently it looked as...

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TPP – Fact and Fiction

The wildest speculation and misinformation is being spread about by...

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Korea FTA done, now on to TPP

The signing of New Zealand’s FTA with Korea is another...

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TPP Investor state – keeping governments honest

Those concerned about investor rights in trade agreements might well...

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Is there still hope for TPP? By Stephen Jacobi NBR – January 2015

Stephen Jacobi assesses prospects for TPP in 2015. The big...

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Thank you Mr President – but no one country makes trade rules

In his 2015 State of the Union address President Obama...

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Exporters planning for growth – more FTAs needed

A survey undertaken by ExportNZ shows the overall business outlook...

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Opening dairy markets through TPP

TPP has an ambitious agenda to open up markets. For...

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Dreaming of the Asia Pacific

“APEC blue” they called it – not, for once, a...

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Business Forum welcomes NZ Korea FTA

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) welcomes the much...

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New Zealand APEC business delegation named

23 business leaders will join the official New Zealand APEC...

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Time for more bipartisanship on trade By Sir Graeme Harrison Dominion Post – 24 October 2014

Bipartisan political support for trade is a strategic advantage for...

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APEC in Beijing – let a thousand flowers bloom

When the 21 Leaders of the Asia Pacific region and...

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Time for more bipartisanship on trade

With the election over it’s time for more bipartisanship on...

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Lifting export performance NBR

New Zealand’s export effort needs to reflect the growing importance...

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Of mountains and molehills

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –...

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Are the times changing ?

It's sometimes assumed that nothing much changes with trade but...

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TPP High On Agenda for PM’s Visit to Washington

Prime Minister Key leaves for Washington this week.  He needs...

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TPP grinds inexorably on

It ain’t over, till it’s over, writes Stephen Jacobi Reports...

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TPP Mountain Worth Climbing

Trade Ministers from the 12 TPP negotiating economies are meeting...

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Obama in Japan – he came, he saw but did he conquer?

The verdict on President Obama’s visit to Japan 23-25 April...

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TPP mountain worth climbing By Graeme Harrison (KNZM) 1

Jane Kelsey’s ivory-tower diatribe against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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TPP and Japan – hopefully not back to the future

From Stephen Jacobi in Japan President Obama’s visit to Tokyo...

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Business Forum welcomes process towards NZ/EU FTA

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is pleased that...

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New alignment for NZ US Council and NZIBF

The New Zealand United States Council and New Zealand International...

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Responding to Sustainability Council TPP Criticism

It always good to see others enter the discussion about...

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Data needed in TPP debate Dominion Post – 25 February 2014

By Stephen Jacobi In his recent article calling into question...

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APEC comes to Auckland NZ Herald – 12 February 2014

By Stephen Jacobi 1 When the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)...

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TPP – end in sight? NBR – 31 January 2014

By Stephen Jacobi 2014 is shaping up as crunch time...

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Big Year Ahead for Trade

News broke recently that China may have become the world’s...

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TPP – Keep calm and negotiate on

Business organisations in New Zealand have reacted positively to the...

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Bali WTO package welcomed by NZ businesses

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) has welcomed the...

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TPP – Pluses and Pitfalls

Touted as a 21st century trade agreement, the Pacific-wide Trans...

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Asia Pacific Integration – trade and economic dimensions

EXTRACTS FROM NZUS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S SPEECH TO NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE...

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Interview with Stephen Jacobi on The Beatson Interview

Check out this interview with NZUS Council Executive Director Stephen...

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APEC Bali – not your usual tropical holiday NBR – 2 October 2013

By Stephen Jacobi 1 Stephen Jacobi profiles what’s on the agenda...

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New Zealand Business at APEC Bali

Twelve New Zealand business representatives will participate in the APEC...

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ABAC: Meetings

ABAC Meetings ABAC meets four times a year to develop...

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Japan Forum points to increasing inter-dependence

The fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum held in Tokyo...

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Stronger ties with Japan set to yield export growth

New Zealand’s economic relationship with Japan could be significantly enhanced...

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Japan NZ Forum to focus on TPP and growth partnership

The fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum will be held...

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Coalition supports core principles for TPP Agreement

A coalition of agricultural and food organisations led by Beef...

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NZ agriculture and food coalition supports core TPP principles

Following the conclusion of the 19th round of negotiations on...

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Taiwan Agreement a positive step towards regional economic integration

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) told Parliament recently...

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Taiwan Agreement a positive step towards regional economic integration

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) has told Parliament...

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Japan raises the TPP Stakes

Japan’s arrival at the negotiating table of the Trans Pacific...

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NZ International Business Forum welcomes resumed Korea FTA talks

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) today welcomed news...

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NZ International Business Forum welcomes Japan to TPP

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) today congratulated the...

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NZ International Business Forum welcomes Taiwan trade deal

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) warmly welcomes the signing...

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Opening the “Kota” – revealing more about TPP in Malaysia

In recent weeks speculation has been rife about what the...

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All eyes on Washington

The US NZ Pacific Partnership Forum, the fifth in a...

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Japan entry radically improves strategic calculation of TPP, says Business Forum

Japan's prospective entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations...

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A new star rising in the West…

As the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to make progress,...

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NZ Business welcomes Japan to TPP

Japan's prospective entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations...

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Japan announces keen to join TPP

Japan's prospective entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations...

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High quality TPP needs to be concluded sooner than later, urged businesses

Business representatives from around the Asia Pacific region, gathered for...

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NZ Japan Business Forum a great success

The NZPGA Pro-Am Championship and Challenge Golf Tournament in Queenstown...

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NZ Japan Business Forum to convene in Queenstown

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is taking advantage...

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Implementation of plain paper packaging requires care says NZ International Business Forum

The Government is showing admirable precaution in waiting for the...

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It’s a big deal!

TPP is a big deal – a seriously big deal....

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And now on to Singapore!

The TPP train came and went, with negotiators concluding their...

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Kiwi businesses out in support of TPP negotiations

More than 50 business leaders from some of New Zealand's...

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Open letter in support of the TPP negotiations

Letter to the Prime Minister, John Key, from major New...

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Trade talks about clear rules, investment – jobs NZ Herald – 3 December 2012

Article by Stephen Jacobi about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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International Business Forum welcomes new Asian trade negotiation

The New Zealand International Business Forum has welcomed the announcement...

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Trade works – linking New Zealand to the world Stephen Jacobi, NZIBF – 31 October 2012

Remarks to the Annual Global Symposium on Origin and Traceability,...

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TPP – more trade, less conspiracy NZ Herald – 18 October 2012

By Stephen Jacobi Doomsayers must see a partnership aimed at...

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Why Indonesia, why now? Graeme Harrison, NZIBF – 28 September 2012

Address to the Indonesia Forum, Auckland, 28 September 2012 by...

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From Russia with love NBR – 8 September 2012

By Stephen Jacobi Vladivostok may seem like an unlikely venue...

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International Business Forum congratulates Alan Bollard

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) congratulates outgoing Reserve...

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New Zealand business at Apec Vladivostok

A delegation of New Zealand business representatives will participate in...

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Free up global trade to create growth and jobs Dominion Post – 15 June 2012

By Stephen Jacobi Increasing trade and investment is the way...

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WTO remains priority despite “not achieved” grade for Doha

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) should remain a top priority...

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Realising that trans Pacific opportunity Dominion Post – 22 November 2011

By Stephen Jacobi Amidst the funk of the annual APEC...

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NZ business at APEC Honolulu

New Zealand business will be strongly represented at next week’s...

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Closer business ties with Chinese Taipei welcomed

The NZ International Business Forum has welcomed the prospect of...

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Natural disasters bind Japan-NZ partnership NBR – 29 July 2011

The third Japan-New Zealand Partnership Forum met in the face...

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Business leaders unite to overcome adversity in Japan and New Zealand

Participants at the 3rd Japan NZ Partnership Forum which met...

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Third Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum focuses on overcoming adversity

Political and business leaders from Japan and New Zealand will...

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The Third Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 11 July 2011

A third Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum, involving senior leaders...

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Crunch time (again) for Doha, warns International Business Forum

The global community - including New Zealand - has every...

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Decision time for APEC Dominion Post – 8 November 2010 By Stephen Jacobi

It’s the Summit season and Prime Minister is only just...

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New Zealand Business at APEC Yokohama

A delegation of ten New Zealand business leaders will participate...

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Third Japan NZ Partnership Forum now 11 July 2011

NOTE: Due to the catastrophe in Tohoku, north eastern Japan,...

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2nd Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable highlights new possibilities for business co-operation

The 2nd Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable, which took place in...

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2nd Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable opens in Seoul

A high level business delegation is in Seoul to attend...

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Second Korea-NZ Business Roundtable to be held Seoul, 6 July 2010

Prime Minister John Key will address the second Korea NZ...

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International Business Forum welcomes discussions towards Russia FTA

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) today welcomed the announcement...

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Time to focus on Europe! Dominion Post – February 2010 By Stephen Jacobi

The recent NZ/EU Trade Conference in Auckland was a timely...

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Business looks to APEC for strong signal on trade

Business representatives attending this week’s APEC meetings in Singapore hope...

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High hopes for APEC Dominion Post – 9 November 2009 By Stephen Jacobi

This week's APEC Summit is likely to see another series...

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Business leaders confident of future of Japan NZ relationship

Business leaders attending the Japan NZ Partnership Forum held in...

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Japan, New Zealand business leaders to further economic partnership

Leaders from prominent Japanese and New Zealand companies will meet...

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Japan NZ Forum to reinforce economic partnership

Planning is well advanced for the second Japan New Zealand...

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ABAC to lobby for successful conclusion to Doha

A team from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is...

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NZIBF at Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) will be represented...

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Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable establishes new vehicle for bilateral co-operation

The Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable, which took place in Seoul...

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Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable opens in Seoul

A Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable opens in Seoul today, Tuesday...