Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Details of Alternatives To The APEC Agenda

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND APEC MONITORING GROUP

PO Box 106 233, Auckland. Email: notoapec@clear.net.nz

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE

5 September 1999

Details of Alternatives To The APEC Agenda conference – APEC Monitoring Group

The September Leaders Summit won’t be the only conference in Auckland to focus on APEC. The APEC Monitoring Group’s Alternatives to The APEC Agenda will be held from September 10-12 in Auckland.

Alternatives to The APEC Agenda will bring together a range of prominent local and international critics of the global free market economic model. It will focus on concrete strategies and genuine alternatives to APEC’s free trade and investment agenda. The conference is supported by GATT Watchdog, the NZ Trade Union Federation, Corso, and the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa.

“This forum is the culmination of a year-long programme of education and action to expose and oppose APEC’s failed free market, free trade and investment approach,” said spokesperson Aziz Choudry.

Since it was founded at the 1994 Jakarta APEC Summit, members of the APEC Monitoring Group have participated in parallel NGO and union forums opposed to APEC in Kyoto/Osaka (1995), Manila (1996), Vancouver (1997) and Kuala Lumpur (1998).

The APEC Monitoring Group has held a series of alternative public meetings, forums, rallies and workshops throughout the country to coincide with all the major New Zealand APEC meetings during 1999.

“Unlike the APEC meetings, our forum will not be an extravagant and vacuous gabfest and its main achievements will not be measured in taxpayer-funded pre-election photo opportunities”, said Mr Choudry.

“APEC is in a state of virtual paralysis and will struggle to limp on into the new millennium. But the economic policy package it promotes needs to be taken seriously, especially as it leads into the WTO. One of our primary goals is to help people understand the link between APEC’s goals and the destructive economic policies which have devastated this country and peoples’ lives over the past 15 years, and to promote discussion on alternative policies and strategies to achieve economic, social and Treaty justice.”

The forum ends with a rally against APEC at 4.00 on 12 September, the first day of the Leaders Summit. (Meet Albert Park Band Rotunda)

Further details are available on the APEC Monitoring Group’s Website –

Alternatives To The APEC Agenda starts with a public meeting at the Methodist Mission, 370 Queen St Auckland, 7.30 pm, Friday 10 September

The Conference itself takes place from 9am at the University of Auckland Conference Centre, 26 Symonds St, Auckland

A media conference has been arranged for 3pm, Friday 10 September at 370 Queen St (Methodist Mission). Speakers and organisers will be available for media interviews.

Speakers include:

Professor Jane Kelsey, Auckland University; author of “Reclaiming the Future”;

Moses Havini, representative of the Bougainville Interim Government;

Moana Jackson, Ngati Kahungunu, Director of Nga Kaiwhakamarama I Nga Ture (Maori Legal Service);

Annette Sykes, Ngati Pikiao, Maori nationalist, lawyer and Treaty educator;

Dr Alejandro Villamar Calderon, RMALC (Mexican Action Network on Free Trade)

Antonio Tujan, Executive Director of IBON Databank, Philippines;

Reiko Inoue, Co-President, PARC, Japan

Changgeun Lee, Policy and Information Centre for Solidarity, Korea

Jaggi Singh, Organiser, APEC Alert and No-To-APEC Coalition, Canada

Bien Molina, Coordinator, Organising and Reintegration Programme, Asian Migrant Centre, Hong Kong;

Crispin Beltran, Chairman of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) unions, Philippines;

Mereana Pitman, Ngati Kahungunu, Treaty educator;

Dr Peter Wills, biologist and GE activist;

Dr Prue Hyman, Associate Professor of Economics, Victoria University, Wellington;

Saul Landau, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, USA

Aziz Choudry, GATT Watchdog; APEC Monitoring Group organiser

Radha D’Souza, Asia-Pacific Workers Solidarity Links;

Bill Rosenberg, researcher for Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA);

Leonie Pihama, Ngati Mahanga/Te Atiawa, Maori educationalist;

Robert Reid, NZ Trade Union Federation International Officer

For further comment, ph: Aziz Choudry or Leigh Cookson ph (09) 3025390 (ext 833) or (021) 2173039

Or Jane Kelsey (09) 3737599 xtn 8006


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Snail's Pace: Aucklanders Face Frustrating Commute Over Harbour Bridge

Journeys into Auckland's CBD took longer than usual as traffic banked up around the damaged Harbour Bridge. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:


Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>

ALSO:

SAFE: Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More>>

ALSO:

FMA: Kiwisaver Fees Don't Match Performance

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published an independent report into the passive and active investment management styles [i] used by KiwiSaver providers. The FMA commissioned MyFiduciary to test the extent that KiwiSaver providers were ... More>>