Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Trade Liberalisation On APEC Agenda

MEDIA RELEASE

18 October 2001

Trade Liberalisation On APEC Agenda

APEC leaders must keep further trade liberalisation high on the agenda when they meet in Shanghai this week according to New Zealand Trade Liberalisation Network Executive Director Stephen Jacobi.

The Trade Liberalisation Network is a new organisation aiming to promote greater public understanding of and support for trade liberalisation.

"The international response to terrorism will be a major theme of the APEC meeting, said Mr Jacobi. This is an opportunity to discuss issues such as maintaining trade and the movement of goods and services in the face of heightened security and international economic uncertainty."

“It is important for New Zealand business that the APEC meeting’s response to current world insecurity promotes confidence and growth.

"This should include a strong call to launch a new round of trade negotiations in the WTO and action to re-energise the APEC trade and economic co-operation agenda.

Mr Jacobi said he had no doubt the Government appreciated the significance of the APEC meeting and the importance of a new round.

“There are some who advocate New Zealand’s withdrawal from organisations like the WTO and APEC. This is dangerous talk. New Zealand exporters depend on these institutions to expand and secure access to overseas markets.”

An Australian study by the Centre for International Economics to be released at APEC would demonstrate that globalisation had made a positive contribution to reducing poverty and global inequality. The very poorest countries now represent less than 8 percent of the world’s population compared with just over 45 percent in 1970.

"Progress is slow but by expanding developing countries’ access to developed markets, trade liberalisation has a key role to play alongside humanitarian relief, development assistance and positive economic policies. 'Let us trade' is what developing countries are saying – the world needs to listen to them”, concluded Mr Jacobi.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels