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NZ's trade team must be resourced adequately

Hon Dr Lockwood Smith
National Party Foreign Affairs & Trade Spokesman

31 March 2005

NZ's trade team must be resourced adequately

National’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Spokesman, Lockwood Smith, says it is vital that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is resourced adequately to provide a strong team to pursue the vitally important and broad trade agenda under way.

He is commenting after the announcement that New Zealand and Malaysia are to begin negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible.

“These negotiations are great news, even though they come nearly a year after Australia began its talks with Malaysia.

“An agreement with Malaysia has the potential to bring great benefit to both countries and will help galvanise progress on the free trade negotiations between the 10 Asean countries and New Zealand and Australia.

“But, with the Doha Round at the World Trade Organisation at a crucial stage, the Chilean/Singapore/New Zealand three-way deal requiring good progress, and the Asean and Chinese negotiations under way, it is vital that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the resources to do the job well for New Zealand,” Dr Smith says.


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