New alignment for NZ US Council and NZIBF

by | Mar 21, 2014 | Media Releases

Remove

The New Zealand United States Council and New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) have moved to strengthen their cooperation to maximise their impact.

Both organisations have an interest in the strongest possible relationship between New Zealand and the United States, NZ US Council Chairman Rt Hon James Bolger and NZIBF Chairman Sir Graeme Harrison said today.

“The United States is a vital relationship for New Zealand from all points of view – politically, economically, culturally and environmentally.  The relationship is stronger now than at any other time, thanks in part to the role played by the NZ US Council and US NZ Partnership Forum in recent years.  Complex relationships require continuous attention ? we have to keep working on it and the NZ US Council will continue to play a very important role in this regard,” Mr Bolger said.

The NZ US Council will continue to expand its programme in support of the relationship. NZIBF will lend its support of the NZ US Council through funding and appointment of some of the Council’s directors.

NZIBF will also step up its advocacy of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on behalf of business as part of its core mandate of working to expand New Zealand’s international business opportunities.

“The big picture is that TPP is a pathway to wider trade and economic liberalisation in the Asia Pacific region.  There are currently 12 economies involved in the TPP negotiations and others in the wings. As TPP draws to a close it is important that we encourage all negotiating partners to  ensure we achieve the high quality agreement the leaders signed up to in Honolulu,” said Sir Graeme.

As part of the changes announced today NZ US Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi will step down from his role at the Council on 31 March but will continue as Executive Director of NZIBF.

“Stephen has made an enormous contribution to the NZ US relationship in the period since his appointment in late 2005.” Mr Bolger said.  “We are glad that, as one of our foremost proponents of international trade, Stephen’s services will continue to be well utilised by NZIBF.”

A new Executive Director for NZ US Council will be appointed shortly. In the meantime the current Associate Director, Suse Reynolds, will fulfil the role of Acting Executive Director until an announcement is made.

REGISTER WITH TRADE WORKS

Register to stay up to date with latest news, as well as saving and discussing articles you’re interested in.

 

Remove

 

Latest News

NZIBF 2022 Chair Report

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2022 CHAIR’S REPORT I am pleased to present my second report on the activities and achievements of the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) for 2022-23, our fifteenth year of operations.  At the outset I would like to thank Members for...

NZ BUSINESS LEADERS AT APEC 2022

New Zealand business will be represented at the APEC Leaders’ Week in Bangkok, commencing 13 November, by members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). New Zealand’s three members – Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Anna Curzon – supported by Stephen Jacobi...

Submission to MFAT for CPTPP Review

30 September 2022 Phil Mellor Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington (By email) Dear Phil, Thank you for your email of 1 September, seeking our comments on the three year review of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans...

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The now widespread use of the term “Indo Pacific” to describe the region to which New Zealand belongs brings a risk of geographical confusion. When did the “Asia Pacific” become the Indo Pacific?   For thirty years or more New Zealand has sought to enhance...

NZ Herald: Turbulence in global trade

Amidst the political topsy turvy of recent weeks came the news that the Government has refreshed its Trade Recovery Strategy.  That’s good news because, for exporters and the global economy as a whole, it’s tough out there. The pandemic is by no means over, there...

Address to World Affairs Forum, 22 August 2022

ADDRESS TO THE WORLD AFFAIRS FORUM AUCKLAND, 22 AUGUST 2022 STEPHEN JACOBI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NZ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM TURBULENCE IN GLOBAL TRADE Thanks to Greg Thwaite for inviting me to speak to you this evening. It’s good to be back in the habit of meeting...

Trade and Climate Change: State of Play

TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE: STATE OF PLAY. A discussion paper prepared for the NZIBF by Adrian Macey, June 2022. Download here. Update: NZ-EU FTA The NZ-EU FTA has been finalised.  Article X.6 of the  trade and sustainable development chapter is on trade and...