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New Zealand and the Global Economy

NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE
OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
AUCKLAND BRANCH

Presents a talk by TIM GROSER
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
FORMER NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADOR TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

New Zealand and the Global Economy: The Real Agenda

6PM-7:30PM Wednesday 31 May 2006

All Welcome

‘Globalisation’ poses challenges for New Zealand that cannot be captured in yet another brief editorial or op-ed article on the matter. Many New Zealanders have for years believed we are ‘a small but great trading nation.’ The truth may be rather unpalatable: we are certainly small, but with one or two sharp exceptions in some sectors of our economy, we are a mediocre performer in the globalisation stakes. Drawing on his experience as NZ’s former chief negotiator and Chair of the Agriculture Negotiations, Tim Groser will be giving you his views on some of the critical trends in the global economy and the risks and opportunities for NZ they pose for our country.

Until recently, Tim Groser was New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Chair of Agricultural Negotiations for the WTO. Tim was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a List MP in the 2005 General Election, and was appointed National’s Spokesman for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Tim also serves as an Associate Spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Trade due to his experience in this area. Mr. Groser has served New Zealand with distinction in a number of capacities, including being New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round: the Round that brought agriculture into the system of world trade rules for the first time and conferred substantial benefits on the New Zealand economy.

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