Tag: It’s Our Future

Don’t leave a toxic legacy – give up on the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Joe Bidens visit to New Zealand comes amongst desperate moves to try to rescue the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Citizens opposed to the TPPA will be at Auckland Airport today to call for an end to the TPPA.Don’t leave a toxic legacy – give up on the TPPA Joe Biden’s visit to New Zealand comes amongst desperate moves to try to rescue the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Citizens opposed to the TPPA will be at Auckland Airport today to call for an end to the TPPA. The TPPA was...

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Take the Con out of Consultation

Press Release – It’s Our Future The government is pretending to consult members of the public in this afternoons negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP). Its Our Future is calling on the government to stop the spin and start a real …Take the Con out of Consultation The government is pretending to consult members of the public in this afternoon’s negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP). It’s Our Future is calling on the government to stop the spin and start a real dialogue. Barry Coates, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, the campaign against the TPPA and predatory trade agreements, commented, “It’s all spin and no substance. If the government was serious about consulting, they would hold a real dialogue, not just a parade of speakers limited to one or two minutes.” “We have seen the sham of consultations in the government’s roadshows, in which they gave no sign of having listened. Thousands of submissions were also made into the Select Committee process, and then ignored in the Committee’s report. This so-called ‘Stakeholder Dialogue’ today is another pretence, going through the motions so they can say they have consulted.” “We would welcome a real dialogue. This needs to start with making the draft negotiations document public. The draft agreement is already shared with other negotiators, so it’s not a secret. Draft documents are shared...

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It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June.It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA International Trade and Investment expert visiting New Zealand: Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June. Dr. Sundaram has a distinguished career: • FAO Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development from August 2012 until the end of 2015 • Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs from January 2005 until June 2012 • Honorary Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012 • A member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System • G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012 • In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought • Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and...

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Economic benefits of TPPA overstated

Press Release – It’s Our Future The US official report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) shows tiny economic benefits of just 0.15% of GDP by 2032, and says economic modelling had exaggerated the gains. This supports criticisms by economic researchers in New Zealand of the …Economic benefits of TPPA overstated The US official report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) shows tiny economic benefits of just 0.15% of GDP by 2032, and says economic modelling had exaggerated the gains. This supports criticisms by economic researchers in New Zealand of the modelling undertaken by the New Zealand government. Barry Coates, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, the main campaign group on the TPPA, commented: “The government has based its case for the TPPA on speculative economic modelling that relies on biased assumptions. The economic case for the TPPA doesn’t stack up.” “It is time for the government to step back from the ratification process and undertake a comprehensive assessment of the economic costs and benefits of the TPPA, as well as the impacts on the environment, health, jobs and New Zealand’s small and medium-sized companies.” “The US government report on the TPPA should be the nail in the coffin of the TPPA in the US. There is little benefit even for the country that stands to gain the most.” “It is time to re-think the New Zealand government’s approach to...

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What’s the Rush? Halt the TPPA Ratification process

Press Release – It’s Our Future The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has concluded with strong opposition expressed by Labour, the Green Party and NZ First.What’s the Rush? Halt the TPPA Ratification process The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has concluded with strong opposition expressed by Labour, the Green Party and NZ First. It’s Our Future – Kiwis Against the TPPA spokesperson, Barry Coates, commented: “There is no a sufficient basis of support for a responsible government to move ahead with ratification of the TPPA. Not only do the main opposition parties oppose...

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