Clouds Emerge Ahead of Trade-Bloc Party

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Mexican Leader, in Interview, Suggests Wider Nafta Role as Pact Turns 20 Years Old, but Some U.S. Politicians Remain Wary The Wall Street Journal; Feb. 19, 2014 By David Luhnow, William Mauldin and Paul Vieira   MEXICO CITY—Mexico and Canada are set to push for expanded trade within North America and a bigger global role […]

EXPORTS SURGE

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The Ministry of Primary Industries today upgraded its forecast of NZ primary sector exports for the year to June by $4.9 billion, citing a strong uptrend in agriculture, forestry and fishing exports, especially dairy. Its revision of projections released last month shows primary exports reaching $36.4bn. The MPI says growth in the dairy and red […]

TRADE TALKS

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Trade Minister Tim Groser said tonight that even if progress towards a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is made at negotiations in Singapore this week the agreement will almost certainly not be ready for presentation to parliament this year.  He said he didn’t know “whether or not the essential political bits will come together” but “it has […]

NZ Minister to attend TPP ministers meeting

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Feb. 19, 2014 NZ Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Singapore to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations. “The momentum of negotiations is accelerating, evidenced by the work completed by Ministers last December in identifying potential landing zones for the majority of key […]

Global Trade Talks Threaten Obama’s Longtime Balancing Act

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The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2014 By John Harwood     WASHINGTON — Aficionados liken trade expansion to riding a bicycle: If it does not move forward, it tips over. Under President Obama, the bicycle has wobbled. But it has not fallen. Whether Mr. Obama can keep that from happening, while juggling competing priorities, […]

Trade Pact With Asia Faces Imposing Hurdle: Midterm Politics

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The New York Times, Feb. 15, 2014 By Mark Landler and Jonathan Weisman   WASHINGTON — President Obama’s ambitious trade agenda appeared to fall further victim to election-year politics on Capitol Hill on Friday when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in a closed-door retreat with House Democrats, said he understood why they would not […]

Biden Defends Merits of Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks

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Vice President Acknowledges Democrats’ Opposition to Administration’s Push The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 15, 2014 By Michael R. Crittenden and William Mauldin   CAMBRIDGE, Md.—Vice President Joe Biden on Friday acknowledged congressional Democrats’ opposition to the Obama administration’s trade agenda, but he defended a proposed Pacific pact as an important counterweight to China. At a […]

APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Meets in Auckland

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

By Stephen Jacobi New Zealand Herald Feb. 12, 2014 APEC is best known for the annual parade of flowery shirts and dresses worn by Leaders when they meet for their annual Summit. Business people may also know the APEC Business Travel Card, which provides visa free access to most of the organisation’s 21 members. APEC […]

NZ Business

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High-profile cloud accounting software company Xero has appointed leading expatriate NZ businessman Chris Liddell, a former CFO of Microsoft and later of General Motors, as its new chairman. It has also created a new position of North America chief executive and appointed a new non-executive director, Bill Veghte, who heads HP’s Enterprise Group in San […]

Trade Critics

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Trade Minister Tim Groser said today that those demanding the public release of details of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement now being negotiated just “want access to the texts so they can blow it apart”. He was responding to demands by politicians of several Asia-Pacific countries including NZ for release of the TPP text before […]