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

 


NZ seeks timber products trade liberalisation

NZ seeks timber products trade liberalisation

New Zealand and Canada today hosted a seminar to promote liberalised trade in forest products at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong.

Ministers, senior officials and industry representatives from 10 developing and developed countries met to discuss their interest freer trade in forest products.

Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton stressed that “freer trade in forest products will provide increased business opportunities, and foster economic development, especially for developing countries”.

Attendance by a range of developing countries illustrated the increasing importance to them of trade in this sector.

Industry representatives urged decisive action to open up international markets for wood and paper products, saying that freer trade in forest products was good for business, good for development, and good for the environment.

The global forest products industry is one of the world’s largest industrial sectors employing more than 13 million people in nearly 200 nations. Tariff and non-tariff barriers act as a significant obstacle to trade in this sector.

Discussions aimed at ensuring the Doha Development Agenda delivers meaningful market access improvements for the sector have been attracting increasing interest. Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States have also submitted a negotiating proposal to reduce tariffs in the sector.

Today’s meeting in Hong Kong advanced the dialogue between industry and interested WTO members.

Industry emphasised the need for a strong tariff cutting formula for non-agricultural goods including forestry that would produce real market access opportunities. Even further liberalisation could be achieved through a sectoral initiative providing for additional cuts to tariffs on forest products by key importing and exporting countries.

Industy also outlined their commitment to sustainable forest management as a means of ensuring environmental responsibility.

Discussion between ministers, senior officials, and industry focussed on the ways and means of achieving the goal of maximising liberalisation for forest products, including the need for a strong formula supplemented by sectoral liberalisation for forest products. They also discussed ways of ensuring special and differential treatment for developing countries and managing this in a transparent and predictable manner.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news