Tag: Foreign Aid

English to IMF and World Bank this week

Press Release – New Zealand Government Finance Minister Bill English leaves for Mexico City tomorrow before carrying on to Lima ahead of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Groups annual meetings in his capacity as a Governor of both institutions.Hon Bill English Minister of Finance 5 October 2015 Media Statement English to IMF and World Bank this week Finance Minister Bill English leaves for Mexico City tomorrow before carrying on to Lima ahead of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group’s annual meetings in his capacity as a Governor of both institutions. The annual meetings bring together finance ministers, central bankers, private sector executives, civil society and academics to assess global economic and financial issues. “The IMF and World Bank meetings are a valuable opportunity to meet with representatives of a wide range of overseas governments and policy specialists on issues of economic interest to New Zealand,” Mr English says. “Mexico is a regional economic and political power with an active fiscal reform agenda. It is a key partner in the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation group of economies and the Trans Pacific Partnership. “In Lima I will meet with a number of Finance Ministers and officials – as well as a range of business commentators and investors – to get an update on global economic prospects and risks to New Zealand and its trading partners.”...

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Yet Another ‘Final’ TPP Ministerial and Again No Deal

Press Release – Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Todays fourth final TPP ministerial without a deal means the clock has run on possible U.S. congressional votes in 2015. No deal means the TPP is thrown into the political maelstrom of the U.S. presidential cycle and with opposition building …For Immediate Release: Yet Another ‘Final’ TPP Ministerial and Again No Deal; Not Surprising Given Growing Controversy Over TPP Threats Here and in Other Nations Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Today’s fourth “final” TPP ministerial without a deal means the clock has run on possible U.S. congressional votes in 2015. No deal means the TPP is thrown into the political maelstrom of the U.S. presidential cycle and with opposition building in many countries there are reduced chances that a deal will ever be reached on a pact that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman declared to be in its “end game” in 2013 but that has become ever more controversial since. It’s good news for people and the planet that no deal was done at this final do-or-die meeting given the TPP’s threats to jobs, wages, safe food, affordable medicines and more. Only the beleaguered negotiators and most of the 600 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests wanted this deal, which recent polling shows is unpopular in most of the countries involved. This ministerial was viewed...

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Rotary New Zealand: CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4

Press Release – Rotary New Zealand World Community Service It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency …CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4 It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have been distributed. The people who fled to evacuation centres were told to return home 2 weeks after the cyclone. Around 75,000 of the country’s 225,000 people have been affected to some extent and 96 per cent of food crops are destroyed. The people of Vanuatu are resourceful. Most houses are constructed with traditional materials such as bamboo, local timber and pandanus for the roof. These materials can usually be sourced from a family’s garden for easy reconstruction. The traditional communal houses, nakamals, are designed to withstand the pressure of a cyclone and generally suffer little if any damage. As agencies turn to the reconstruction phase, attention will be on the needs of individuals. Most rely on their gardens and...

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U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities in 2015 and Beyond

Press Release – U.S. Department of State Remarks Puneet Talwar Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs The Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA April 1, 2015U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities in 2015 and Beyond Remarks Puneet Talwar Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs The Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA April 1, 2015 ________________________________________ Thank you very much, General Myatt, for that very kind introduction. And thanks also to Philip Yun who will moderate the question-and-answer session. I’d like to thank all of you for taking the time to come out tonight – business and nonprofit leaders; professors, and students under the false impression there’d be free food. Let me especially thank the Marines Memorial Association and the Commonwealth Club for hosting me here this evening. Both are esteemed organizations that do a tremendous public service for this city and this country, by elevating the discourse we have on important public policy issues. And after my remarks, I’m very much looking forward to engaging in a conversation with all of you, and doing my best to answer any questions you may have. When I heard this was a sold out event, I told my two sons I had finally joined a pantheon of greats – Santana, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones – all who sold out venues in San Francisco. They were not impressed. But like the Grateful Dead, tonight I...

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UK Foreign Secretary’s speech on the UK in Asia Pacific

Speech – UK Government Speech UK Foreign Secretary’s speech on the UK in Asia Pacific The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond gave a speech on the UK in Asia Pacific at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.Speech UK Foreign Secretary’s speech on the UK in Asia Pacific The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond gave a speech on the UK in Asia Pacific at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. Where better to start my first tour of Asia as Foreign Secretary than in Singapore? My first bilateral on taking office was with Foreign Minister Shanmugam. I visited three times as Secretary of State for Defence. And I am delighted to be back here today. Her Majesty the Queen has made three State Visits to Singapore. It was a pleasure to hear today from President Tan how much he enjoyed Singapore’s inaugural State Visit to the UK last year. And we were delighted to welcome Prime Minister Lee to London last March, where he met thousands of the Singaporeans studying and working in the UK at a Singapore Day in London’s Victoria Park. This year, of course, is the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. It seems fitting, then, that I am speaking today under the auspices of RSIS, which takes its name from S. Rajaratnam, a one-time resident of...

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