TRADE FIGURES

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

NZ’s terms of trade rose by 2.3% in the December quarter to a new 40-year high as import prices fell 2.8% in terms of the strengthening NZ dollar while export prices fell just 0.5%.

EU TRADE PACT?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

NZ’s high commissioner in London, Sir Lockwood Smith, has told a farmers’ conference in Birmingham it makes no sense for NZ to be one of only six members of the WTO not having a trade agreement with the European Union and not even negotiating one yet. He said NZ might be small in European production […]

US staring contest with Japan stretches out Pacific trade pact

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Reuters; Feb. 28, 2014 By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON – A standoff between the United States and Japan is holding up talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade pact and a lack of authority to push an eventual deal through the U.S. Congress without amendment may be undercutting Washington’s hand. After weekend talks in Singapore, including […]

TPP: Try Procrastination and Prevarication

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Economist; Feb 21, 2014 By Banyan | SINGAPORE NEGOTIATIONS for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which enter a crucial phase this weekend with a ministerial meeting in Singapore, seem to take place in two parallel universes. In one, the 12 countries pursuing this ambitious “21st-century” plurilateral free-trade agreement, including America and Japan (but not China) […]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: No end in sight

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Economist | Feb 25th 2014 By Banyan | SINGAPORE The trade agreement the 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hope to reach is to be “ambitious”, “comprehensive”, “high-standard” and “21st-century”. I know this, because every one of the 12 trade ministers who spoke at a press conference at the end of four days […]

STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERS AND HEADS OF DELEGATION FOR THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

February 25, 2014 Singapore We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, have just completed a four-day Ministerial meeting in Singapore where we made further strides toward a final agreement. We have agreed on the majority of the landing […]

Obama’s ambitious trade agenda hits Asian resistance

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

(Reuters) – America’s ambitious trade agenda is running into fierce resistance in Asia, but negotiators say a draft Pacific free-trade deal that papers over some differences may be ready by the time U.S. President Barack Obama visits the region in April. A central element of Obama’s strategic shift towards Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could […]

US Business Letter to USTR on TPP, Feb. 20, 2014

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Honorable Michael Froman United States Trade Representative Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20508 Dear Mr. Ambassador: The undersigned organizations are strong supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The TPP has the potential to be a transformative trade agreement that creates jobs and economic growth and […]

In Mexico Meeting, a Show of Friendship With Few Results on Immigration and Trade

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The New York Times By Peter Baker and Elisabeth Malkin; Feb. 20, 2014 TOLUCA, Mexico — They call it the “Three Amigos” summit meeting, and President Obama and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts played their parts on Wednesday. They shared a lunch, joshed about the Olympics, promised enduring cooperation, and took a staged stroll through […]

Why Harry Reid Must Reconsider on Trade

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The president needs the authority to finish two vital trade agreements. Please give it to him. The Wall Street Journal; Feb. 19, 2014 By Myron Brilliant   President Obama in his State of the Union address called for Congress to grant him Trade Promotion Authority to “open new markets to new goods stamped ‘Made in […]