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Growth Agenda massive, thorough, committed

Media statement Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Growth Agenda massive, thorough, committed

Folding the previous six documents of the Business Growth Agenda into the one massive document demonstrates the extent of the work going on to develop business, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says.

"Refining the Business Growth Agenda into the one document, while largely descriptive, highlights the broad front New Zealand is advancing on," said EMA's chief executive Kim Campbell.

"It's a testament to the range and extent of business development actions taking place, and it denounces any idea that we are reliant on producing milk only for our economic future.

"Notably the government's programmes for skills building are starting to bite, which is apparent through lower unemployment in key areas.

"Also the innovation economy is starting to respond to the large number of initiatives at play.

"One shortfall is where the agenda insufficiently addresses the supply of new housing.

"Also, there is clearly room to lift the pace of general reforms needed in local government, the RMA and especially government procurement practices."

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