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TTP deal keeps New Zealand in the game…..

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce Welcoming news that a Trans-Tasman Partnership (TTP) deal has been done, Auckland Chamber head Michael Barnett said it will set a playing field for New Zealand business to succeed internationally for years to come. 6 October 2015 Media Release TTP deal keeps New Zealand in the game….. Welcoming news that a Trans-Tasman Partnership (TTP) deal has been done, Auckland Chamber head Michael Barnett said it will set a playing field for New Zealand business to succeed internationally for years to come. “Judging from the final few days of negotiation, there will be winners and concessions, but we wouldn’t have signed into this unless as a nation we were going to be ahead of where we were at the start.” The Government has done the right thing to sign up. It converts a considerable investment by successive governments over many years. “As a trade dependent nation we needed to be in the room, and in the game from the start,” said Mr Barnett. “There may be concessions, but just as happened with other FTA’s we can keep the work going to improve the arrangements as we move forward. “We need to look at the facts not at the myths. We need to look at the long-game not be scared off by short-term issues and academic detractors seeking to get us into jumping ship.”...

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Silver linings from TPPA talks

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce Its probably a good thing the negotiators at the TPPA talks have packed their bags and gone home for now, says Michael Barnett, chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.6th August 2015 Silver linings from TPPA talks It’s probably a good thing the negotiators at the TPPA talks have packed their bags and gone home for now, says Michael Barnett, chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. “Achieving agreement across such a range of countries and their comprehensive issues was never going to be easy,” Mr Barnett said. “The good news is that the TPPA is still live, and the prospect of reaching an agreement still within reach. “It means the conversation can continue, and I am confident it will. “At least everyone is now clearly aware of the sticking points and where the constraints lie. For New Zealand these are improved access for our dairy products, and the possibility of some change to our IP regime. “By taking our place at the negotiating table there were always going to be concessions sought, and given in pursuit of even greater gains. “Many New Zealanders have expressed their concern over a lack of disclosure on what these concessions might mean; the government has not communicated well on the benefits on offer, or on the possible costs. “A successful TPP agreement would...

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