Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Sutton To Visit United States, Europe

Press Release

13 June 2000


Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton is to become the first minister from the Labour-Alliance coalition government to visit Washington DC.

Mr Sutton is to leave New Zealand on June 21 to visit Washington DC, Paris, Geneva, and London, before returning home on July 4.

While in the United States, Mr Sutton is to meet United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. As well as discussing international trade policy following the latest Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation trade ministers meeting, the two are likely to discuss the outlook for a new World Trade Organisation round, New Zealand's regional trade initiatives, as well as bilateral trade issues.

He will make a variety of other contacts with key trade agencies, industry groups, and political leaders in Congress, and will give a keynote address on New Zealand's trade policy.

In Paris, Mr Sutton will attend the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development trade ministers' meeting, which brings together ministers from throughout the developed world. He is expected to meet European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy as part of that meeting.

Mr Sutton also intends to meet French counterparts in trade and agriculture, Francois Huwart and Jean Glavany, and to visit New Zealand companies doing business in France.

In Geneva, Mr Sutton will meet World Trade Organisation director-general Mike Moore and his deputies. As well, he plans to meet International Labour Organisation director-general Juan Somavia to discuss trade and labour issues.

While in London, Mr Sutton will meet his British agriculture counterpart, Nick Brown.

Mr Sutton said his trip would mean he was in both Washington DC and Geneva at crucial times - to assess the attitudes towards international trade issues generally and trade with New Zealand specifically in the leadup to the change in United States administration at the end of this year and the special negotiating session on agriculture in Geneva.

"There is a chance I will get to have good discussions with my American counterpart, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, who will be in Geneva for the negotiations. This would be useful as the United States is a key market for our agricultural and horticultural produce."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room.

Yet when taken in tandem with the actions already taken by the Ardern government to outlaw rapid fire rifles and shotguns, there is ample reason to conclude that the buy-back and amnesty scheme announced this morning will indeed save lives in New Zealand. More>>


World Refugee Day: Former Refugees Say Policy Must Change

This year, 1000 refugees will be able to resettle here in New Zealand - but there are restrictions on where those people can come from. More>>


Operation Burnham: Hit & Run Author 'Believes Insurgents Were In Village'

One of the authors of Hit & Run has backtracked from a key claim in the book, revealing he now believes armed insurgents were in a village attacked by New Zealand elite soldiers. More>>


The Lobbyist Staffer: PM Defends Handling Of Conflicts Of Interest

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's comfortable with the way her interim chief of staff's conflicts of interest were managed. More>>


2020 Election Changes: Same Day Enrolment, Supermarket Voting

New Zealand’s democracy is to be enhanced, with voters gaining the right to enrol on election day at next year’s general election and allowing ballot boxes to be placed in supermarkets and malls to make it easier for people to vote, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. More>>


"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>


QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>


Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>





InfoPages News Channels