Tag: World – Africa

Eyes on WTO Ministerial, Nairobi

Press Release – NZ International Business Forum Eyes on WTO Ministerial, Nairobi A lot is at stake in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting getting underway in Nairobi – for New Zealand, for developing countries and for the multilateral trading system – says NZ International Business …Eyes on WTO Ministerial, Nairobi A lot is at stake in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting getting underway in Nairobi – for New Zealand, for developing countries and for the multilateral trading system – says NZ International Business Forum Executive Director Stephen Jacobi. The tenth WTO Ministerial meeting is being held in Nairobi from 15-18 December and will be attended by newly appointed New Zealand Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay. “As the pre-eminent body of multilateral trade rules and the arbiter of global trade disputes, the WTO is critically important to New Zealand”, says Stephen Jacobi. “Today the WTO’s role in liberalising trade and eliminating trade barriers is being relegated to second or even third place as economies look to bilateral and regional agreements to boost trade growth. While regional agreements provide benefits for the participants, this approach risks leaving behind the world’s poorest countries, which need the WTO to provide the means for them to compete on a more level playing field in global trade”. The WTO’s Doha Development Agenda launched in Doha, Qatar in 2001 was dubbed a...

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Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes

Column – Gordon Campbell If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasnt such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Heres Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after … Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes by Gordon Campbell If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Here’s Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after talks in Australia over the weekend, Trade Minister Tim Groser says. And here’s the Japanese media report on the very same TPP meeting in Sydney: After meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday morning on the margin of the plenary session, TPP minister Akira Amari said the finish line for their bilateral talks is not yet in sight… Clearly, if these guys can’t even get their clichés in order, no wonder they’re having trouble around the negotiating table. Oh, and that old standby ‘significant progress’ was made on the weekend at the Sydney talks, says Groser. A while ago, I summarised the number of times that ‘significant progress’ has been made, even though – like Zeno’s arrow – things never quite reach the target. Let’s revisit some of those...

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On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment

Press Release – UN News 31 August 2014 Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability.SAMOA: On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment in small islands 31 August 2014 – Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability. “Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source of wealth,” Mr. Ban told the high-level dialogue of the private sector forum. The event was organized jointly by the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), the Samoan Government and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce. The challenges facing small island developing States, such as scarce resources, population pressures and climate change, also affect businesses, he said, and corporate leaders have an interest in rising to these challenges. Praising the “extraordinary partnership and commitment” being made during the two-day private sector forum, Mr. Ban told representatives of business and industry that they have a collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable. “People often say we are in the same boat,” he said. “I would say we...

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Kerry, Hagel with Australian Leaders in Australia

Speech – United States Embassy U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Sydney, Australia REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David JohnstonKerry, Hagel with Australian Leaders in Australia 12 August 2014 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Sydney, Australia REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston FOREIGN MINISTER BISHOP: Ladies and gentlemen, today we have welcomed to Sydney and to AUSMIN Secretaries John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, and this is the second AUSMIN meeting that the four principals here have participated in. The United States alliance is the most important security relationship for Australia, and AUSMIN is an annual opportunity for us to take stock of this relationship. And today’s discussion was broad in its scope. We were frank in our exchanges, and there was a clear instinct for collaboration across a wide area of endeavor. There’s a desire to share the burden of implementing our mutual vision and mutual goal of regional and global peace and prosperity, security and stability. At a bilateral level, we signed the Force Posture Initiatives, the formal, legally binding document about a presence of U.S. Marines in the north of our country, and...

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Daily Press Briefing: April 9, 2014

Press Release – US State Department The Secretary spoke this morning with Foreign Minister Lavrov. He also spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk separately. When he spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov, he reiterated our concerns his concerns about escalating tensions in the east.Daily Press Briefing: April 9, 2014 Jen Psaki Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC April 9, 2014 TRANSCRIPT: 1:21 p.m. EDT MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone. Thank you for your patience. Turns out there’s quite a bit going on in the world today, as all of you know. I have a couple of items at the top. The Secretary spoke this morning with Foreign Minister Lavrov. He also spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk separately. When he spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov, he reiterated our concerns – his concerns about escalating tensions in the east. They discussed the possibility of a quad meeting next week that you all saw EU High Representative Ashton refer to yesterday. He spoke with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, thanked him for his leadership, encouraged him to continue efforts at inclusiveness across Ukraine. They discussed the ongoing efforts by the Ukrainian Government to continue to address the situation in eastern Ukraine peacefully, and they also discussed the possibility of a quad meeting next week. One other item: With us at today’s briefing, we have eight students from the U.S. Defense Information School sitting in the back. Hello,...

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