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Trade
Fri 26 Aug 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the progress made towards finalising a landmark trade and development agreement for the Pacific region.    Senior representatives from 16 countries met today in Christchurch to negotiate the final terms of the ‘Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus’ (PACER Plus) agreement, which aims to create jobs, raise standards of living and encourage sustainable economic development in the Pacific region. ...
Trade
Thu 25 Aug 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay will Chair a meeting of Trade Ministers and senior representatives from 16 countries in Christchurch on Friday 26 August to negotiate the final terms of a trade and development deal for the Pacific region, called the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus). “This agreement is of significant importance to the economic integration and prosperity of the region,” says Mr McClay. ...
Trade
Tue 16 Aug 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay today issued a call for public submissions on the likely impact of Brexit on New Zealand businesses that export goods or services to the United Kingdom, or which have investments in the United Kingdom.  This follows the referendum on 23 June 2016 that saw the UK electorate vote to leave the European Union – a result that is now being implemented by the British Government. ...
Trade
Tue 2 Aug 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay is travelling to Laos today to participate in a series of Ministerial meetings in the capital city of Vientiane, including the fourth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) FTA Ministerial Meeting. “Following New Zealand’s hosting of the 13th RCEP round in Auckland in June, the Ministerial Meeting will review the overall state of negotiation and look to address key issues, including in services, investment and goods,” says Mr McClay. ...
Trade
Mon 1 Aug 2016
As a trading nation, New Zealand has much it can be proud of. For two small islands of 4.5 million people, thousands of kilometers from distant markets, we produce high quality goods and services wanted by consumers all over the world. We've had a significant influence on world trade policy over the years.  New Zealanders have played an influential role at the WTO helping shape the world's trade architecture.   ...
Trade
Mon 25 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay has today reiterated that the Government has sought and received assurances from the Chinese Government that any competition issues would not impact on trade between the two countries. Mr McClay is responding to reports that retaliatory action could be imposed if an investigation is launched into allegations of steel dumping. “On my return from Indonesia I asked my office for a full review of the broader issues around this matter. ...
Trade
Mon 25 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay has today reiterated that the Government has sought and received assurances from the Chinese Government that any competition issues would not impact on trade between the two countries. Mr McClay is responding to reports that retaliatory action could be imposed if an investigation is launched into allegations of steel dumping. “On my return from Indonesia I asked my office for a full review of the broader issues around this matter. ...
Trade
Tue 19 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay says the Prime Minister’s high-level New Zealand business delegation to Indonesia have signed deals worth more than NZ$60 million on the official two-day visit. “This signals the increasing importance of business between the two countries, where two-way trade sits at $1.6 billion and is rapidly climbing,” says Mr McClay. The six deals were signed between companies in the aviation, energy and e-commerce sectors. ...
Trade
Tue 19 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay says the Prime Minister’s high-level New Zealand business delegation to Indonesia have signed deals worth more than NZ$60 million on the official two-day visit. “This signals the increasing importance of business between the two countries, where two-way trade sits at $1.6 billion and is rapidly climbing,” says Mr McClay. The six deals were signed between companies in the aviation, energy and e-commerce sectors. ...
Trade
Sun 17 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay is traveling to Indonesia today to join the Prime Minister and a high-level business delegation for a two-day official visit. “Indonesia is an important trade partner for New Zealand, and as our 11th largest export market offers significant trading opportunities.  “Our two-way trade currently sits at $1.6 billion, and we're keen to explore ways to meet the target set by the two countries last year to boost trade to $4 billion by 2024,” says Mr McClay. ...
Trade
Sun 17 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay is traveling to Indonesia today to join the Prime Minister and a high-level business delegation for a two-day official visit. “Indonesia is an important trade partner for New Zealand, and as our 11th largest export market offers significant trading opportunities.  “Our two-way trade currently sits at $1.6 billion, and we're keen to explore ways to meet the target set by the two countries last year to boost trade to $4 billion by 2024,” says Mr McClay. ...
Trade
Mon 11 Jul 2016
Trade Minister Todd McClay says outcomes of the G20 Trade Ministers’ meeting held in Shanghai 9-10 July, are likely to be extremely important for New Zealand's trade interests.  "This was a positive meeting for our core interests in trade and investment,” says Mr McClay. "There is a clear political will to build on the successes of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Nairobi Ministerial last year, which agreed to eliminate agricultural export subsidies, and to make progress towards concluding an Environmental Goods Agreement."  ...