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

 


Groser to attend annual OECD meeting

Hon Tim Groser
Minister of Trade
Minister for Climate Change Issues

24 May 2013
Media Statement
Groser to attend annual OECD meeting

Trade Minister Tim Groser will represent New Zealand at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and Forum in Paris from 27 to 30 May.

“The theme for this year’s meeting is ‘It’s all about people: Jobs, Equality and Trust’,” says Mr Groser.

“The Ministerial Council Meeting provides the opportunity to discuss the big challenges the world faces today such as high unemployment, inequality, and low economic growth in many countries. Trade is an important mechanism to help achieve sustained and inclusive growth and address some of these pressing issues.

“Increasingly we are seeing different stages of production taking place in different countries. These global value chains across borders can lift the economic performance of entire regions and provide access to much bigger markets for the niche goods that New Zealand produces. It also provides new opportunities for trade in high value services, such as IT, that New Zealand can offer.

“Asia is a significant hub for global value chains. New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of this through our network of free trade agreements and business connections.”

Mr Groser will also attend the World Trade Organisation mini-Ministerial meeting and speak at the G20-OECD Stocktaking Seminar.

“I am looking forward to exchanging ideas with other Ministers and G20 members about steps that we all could take to prevent protectionism from diluting progress already made to open markets,” says Mr Groser.

While in Paris, Mr Groser will also meet with French counterparts to discuss climate change issues, and participate in business meetings to promote trade links between New Zealand and France.

Background information:

New Zealand joined the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1973.

The OECD Ministerial Council meeting will include Ministers from the OECD's 34 member countries, and other countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Representatives from the IMF, World Bank and WTO will also attend.

Global value chains refer to different stages of production – from design, manufacture and assembly, to sales and service – taking place in different countries. For example, an iPod designed in the United States, with parts manufactured across Asia is assembled in China and sold in Australia.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news