Pacific trade needs structural change, not NZ as WTO head

Press Release – Pacific Network on Globalisation ::For Immediate Release:: 13/2/2013 Pacific trade needs structural change, not NZ as WTO head::For Immediate Release:: 13/2/2013 Pacific trade needs structural change, not NZ as WTO head As New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser, travels through the Pacific seeking support for his bid to become Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pacific Islands are urged to look to their own experiences and needs before offering any endorsement for any of the potential WTO contenders. The Pacific Network on Globalisation’s Campaigner, Adam Wolfenden, commented that “New Zealand has always maintained a very self-interested position at the WTO when it comes to trade and the Pacific Islands, thinking that they would be a friend of the Islands at the multilateral body would go against the history of their experiences”. The actions of New Zealand towards the Pacific and their needs speaks for itself: • New Zealand has been one of the most aggressive demandeurs in the Pacific Islands accessions to the WTO, often pushing for the greatest concessions against the interests of the Islands; • New Zealand and Australia both threatened to cut funding for agriculture projects as part of Vanuatu’s accession unless they would yield to their demands; • When Fiji imposed a ban on Mutton Flaps citing the links to obesity New Zealand threatened to lodge a dispute against Fiji...

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