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Growing international call for transparency in TPPA

Press Release – Oxfam NZ In the lead-up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in Singapore February 22-25, Oxfam New Zealand is calling on the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser to end the secrecy and make negotiating drafts publicly available. The …Growing international call for transparency in TPPA negotiations In the lead-up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in Singapore February 22-25, Oxfam New Zealand is calling on the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser to end the secrecy and make negotiating drafts publicly available. The scope of the TPPA is wide ranging and will be significant for generations to come, not just in New Zealand but particularly for poor and marginalised people in the developing world. Oxfam’s Executive Director, Barry Coates said, “The lack of transparency around these negotiations is out of step even with practices in the World Trade Organisation and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Citizens and their elected representatives have the right to know what is being decided before it’s too late to do anything about it.” Oxfam has written to Trade Minister Groser to urge him to make the draft negotiating documents public. At present the text is closely held within a small group of negotiators and their corporate advisers. Oxfam’s letter refers to the Open Letter signed by political leaders and senior MPs from seven countries negotiating the TPPA. Even...

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Leadership change at Oxfam

Press Release – Oxfam NZ Barry Coates, Oxfams New Zealand Executive Director since September 2003, has announced that he will leave the organisation in March 2014. Recruitment for his successor has been launched today.Leadership change at Oxfam Barry Coates, Oxfam’s New Zealand Executive Director since September 2003, has announced that he will leave the organisation in March 2014. Recruitment for his successor has been launched today. Barry Coates commented, “It has been a great privilege to have been able to build and lead a fantastic organisation making powerful change for the most important of causes – tackling global poverty. “I am proud of Oxfam’s contribution and my own, in making changes that have created opportunities and hope for vulnerable people over the past decade. There are challenges ahead, but we have put in place the foundations to further strengthen Oxfam and our allies, and to create the transformative change that will enable us to reach our vision of a just world without poverty,” concluded Coates. The following are some of the highlights from Barry’s ten years at Oxfam New Zealand. Fair trade • Initiated a partnership with Trade Aid in 2004 to bring fair trade into the mainstream and form the fair trade movement in New Zealand • Promoted fair trade through speeches, public events and the media, so that public awareness has grown from 2% to 72% over...

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