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

 


Lockwood Off To Geneva, Lausanne, London & DC

MEDIA STATEMENT

23 October 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TRADE MINISTER TO VISIT GENEVA, LAUSANNE, LONDON & WASHINGTON DC

Trade Minister Lockwood Smith departs New Zealand today for meetings in Geneva, Lausanne, London and Washington DC.

Dr Smith will be participating in the “Friends of the New Round” Ministerial, the group of countries working to ensure the successful launch of a new round of trade negotiations in the World Trade Organisation.

“The Lausanne meeting will bring together Ministers of the Quad (the US, EU, Canada and Japan), leading developing countries, including Brazil, India and Egypt, and countries which, like New Zealand, have played key roles in the two previous “Friends” Ministerial Meetings in Hong Kong and Budapest,” Dr Smith said.

“As the final preparatory meeting for the Seattle Ministerial Conference which is expected to launch the next WTO negotiating round, this is a very important meeting for New Zealand. Obviously, the nature and scope of WTO negotiations on agriculture, as well as trade in services and industrial products (including fish and forest products), are very important to New Zealand.

“New Zealand’s producers are highly innovative and competitive, but barriers to trade limit our ability to compete internationally. This round provides a real opportunity to achieve better access to overseas markets for our exporters, Dr Smith said.

Dr Smith will also formally open the new premises of the New Zealand Permanent Mission that provides representation to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament and the WTO in Geneva.

In London Dr Smith will meet with UK Agriculture Minister Nick Brown to discuss the EU’s preparations for Seattle, gain Minister Brown’s perspective on the WTO negotiations and identify areas of common ground in the lead up to the WTO Seattle Ministerial.

Dr Smith’s visit to Washington DC will include calls on key agencies involved with the development of the agenda for the Seattle Ministerial.

“As APEC Chair and a member of the “Friends”, New Zealand has been closely involved with preparations for the Seattle meeting. My visit to Washington will allow New Zealand to promote APEC’s goals for the new WTO round and gain an insight into the American thinking on deliverables at Seattle,” said Dr Smith.

Whilst in Washington Dr Smith will also ensure the US Administration remains focussed on “Project Five” (P5), a proposal to develop a free trade agreement between the US, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

“On his recent visit to New Zealand, President Clinton expressed interest in P5, and it’s important that New Zealand keeps working with the Americans to advance planning for a ‘state of the art’ free trade agreement,” said Dr Smith.

“New Zealand will never achieve anything by sitting in Wellington and hoping for a positive outcome. President Clinton’s interest has added huge momentum to the possibility of bringing P5 together, and I’m determined to ensure that the US Administration is left in doubt of the potential to use the agreement to inject real impetus to trade liberalisation in the lead-up to Seattle,” Dr Smith concluded.

Dr Smith returns to New Zealand on Sunday, 31 October 1999.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news