Parliament

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

 

Trade Minister Welcomes Oxfam Report

Oxfam's report on trade and poverty reduction, "Rigged Rules and Double Standards: Trade, Globablisation, and the Fight Against Poverty", was a welcome contribution, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.

He said the Government agreed with and support the key message in the report ? that trade is one of the best ways to reduce poverty.

"We agree that there are a number of double standards from many rich countries who profess a commitment to poverty reduction while denying poorer countries meaningful access to their markets. These countries also provide massive subsidies, particularly in agriculture, which distort trade and reduce international prices. This directly affects the ability of poorer countries to trade themselves out of poverty."

Mr Sutton said Oxfam was quite right that developed countries needed to start delivering on their promises and get on with creating export opportunities for developing countries.

"New Zealand has a lot in common with developing nations when it comes to trade ? we face the same barriers and market distortions for many of our agriculture exports. We will be working hard in the World Trade Organisation alongside developing nations to level the playing field and give our exporters a chance to sell their products at fair prices."

He said that he did not agree with some of Oxfam's criticisms of New Zealand.

"I think we have a good record in the WTO and other international organizations for promoting the interests of developing countries.

"One of the key things we do is to provide least developed countries with tariff-free market access into New Zealand. And for most products, developing countries pay only limited tariffs.

"We are also strong contributors to the WTO's technical assistance funds and training programmes for developing countries. We have just contributed $370,000 to the WTO's global trust fund.

"We will continue to be a strong supporter of the aspirations of developing countries to use trade as a vehicle for reducing poverty."

The Oxfam report is available from Oxfam New Zealand, and can be found on the Internet at www.maketradefair.com.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

America's Cup: Environment Court Grants Consents

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “I welcome today’s decision by the Environment Court to grant consent for the bases and associated infrastructure to host the 36th America’s Cup." More>>

ALSO:

Medical: New Surgical Mesh Safeguards

The Government has introduced strict new safeguards on the use of surgical mesh that are expected to limit its use in urogynaecological surgery. More>>

ALSO:

Handley Handling: Fired Chief Technology Officer Releases Communications

In the interests of drawing a line on this issue, today I am releasing a detailed timeline of events and all of the emails and texts between myself and Clare Curran, and myself and the Prime Minister about the role and my move back to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels