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Ministy Welcomes New Challenges

29 February 2000


The Ministry of Commerce has today welcomed the opportunity to refocus its efforts, as the Ministry of Economic Development, in support of the Government's Regional and Economic Development programme.

"Ministers have given the Ministry a clear direction about Government's expectation of the refocused Ministry," said Paul Carpinter, the Secretary of Commerce and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development.

"We welcome this opportunity to meet this new challenge as an organisation and look forward to growing our capability to meet the needs of the Government."

Mr Carpinter said that in the short term the Ministry will focus on how best to meet these new challenges and on the establishment of Industry New Zealand.

"We intend to move quickly to ensure staff affected are fully consulted about any possible changes and that the process of refocusing the Ministry is completed at the lowest possible cost."


For further information please contact:

Jody Stewart
Chief Advisor Communications
04 474 2758 (DDI)
025 516 137

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