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


Minister to visit Bolivia, Mexico

Minister to visit Bolivia, Mexico

Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton leaves New Zealand on Wednesday to attend the Cairns Group meeting in Bolivia and the APEC ministerial meeting in Mexico.

Mr Sutton said today that the two meetings were timely, as they would add momentum to the on-going negotiations in the World Trade Organisation Doha Development Round.

"Both the Cairns Group of agricultural trading nations and the APEC economies are influential groups in the WTO. The meetings in Bolivia and Mexico will be useful opportunities for us to work on strategies to further our goals in the WTO negotiations."

The Cairns Group meeting in Bolivia runs from October 18 till October 21. As well as involving ministers from member countries (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay), there will be invited guests from the United States, the European Union, China, Egypt, Uganda, and Kenya, as well as WTO head Supachai Panitchpakdi and farm leaders.

Federated Farmers representatives and Special Agricultural Trade Envoy Graham Fraser are also expected to attend.

Mr Sutton will then attend the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum ministerial meeting in Mexico on October 23 and 24.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Welcoming The Major Health Reforms

Usually “reform” of government agencies is a cost cutting exercise in disguise, but this morning’s revision of the health system looks totally different. These reforms amount to the biggest shake-up of the health system since the neo-liberal reforms of the early 1990s, which have now been completely reversed. Good. The main ingredients announced by Health Minister Andrew Little this morning have included the setting up of a new and truly independent Maori Health Authority... More>>


NZ & Globe: Leaders’ Summit On Climate To Raise Ambition On Climate Action

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined President Biden at the virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States overnight. The summit, held for Earth Day, brought world leaders together to galvanise efforts to reduce emissions this decade ... More>>


The Conversation: If We Want To Improve NZ’s Freshwater Quality, First We Need To Improve The Quality Of Our Democracy
Since the fatal Havelock North campylobacter outbreak in 2016, freshwater quality has rightfully been a major political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

Government: Major Reforms Will Make Healthcare Accessible For All NZers

Putting a greater emphasis on primary healthcare and ensuring fairer access for all New Zealanders are two of the main drivers of health sector reforms announced today by Health Minister Andrew Little. “We are going to put the emphasis squarely ... More>>


Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>




InfoPages News Channels