Tag: Joint Media Statement

New Alignment for NZ US Council And NZIBF

Press Release – Joint Media Statement The New Zealand United States Council and New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) have moved to strengthen their cooperation to maximise their impact.21 March 2014 Media Release New Alignment for NZ US Council And NZIBF The New Zealand United States Council and New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) have moved to strengthen their cooperation to maximise their impact. Both organisations have an interest in the strongest possible relationship between New Zealand and the United States, NZ US Council Chairman Rt Hon James Bolger and NZIBF Chairman Sir Graeme Harrison said today. “The United States is a vital relationship for New Zealand from all points of view – politically, economically, culturally and environmentally. The relationship is stronger now than at any other time, thanks in part to the role played by the NZ US Council and US NZ Partnership Forum in recent years. Complex relationships require continuous attention – we have to keep working on it and the NZ US Council will continue to play a very important role in this regard,” Mr Bolger said. The NZ US Council will continue to expand its programme in support of the relationship. NZIBF will lend its support of the NZ US Council through funding and appointment of some of the Council’s directors. NZIBF will also step up its advocacy of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on...

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Business Leaders Call for Redoubling of Efforts on TPP

Press Release – Joint Media Statement Business leaders across the Asia Pacific who are supporting the 17th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations currently underway in Lima urged negotiators to tackle and resolve now, rather than later, the sensitive issues in the TPP talks in order … Media release 21 May 2013 Business Leaders Across Asia Pacific Call for Redoubling of Efforts to Conclude Comprehensive TPP Accord by Year’s End Business leaders across the Asia Pacific who are supporting the 17th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations currently underway in Lima urged negotiators to tackle and resolve now, rather than later, the sensitive issues in the TPP talks in order to enable a comprehensive agreement to be reached by year’s end, as called for by the political leaders of the 11 TPP negotiating countries.  “The growth of our countries’ economies and the growth and support of jobs across the region – which a successful TPP will help foster – are top priorities of our business groups.  The sooner an ambitious TPP can be agreed upon and implemented, the earlier those benefits can be realized,” said Mr. Carlos Chiappori, President of the Foreign Trade Society of Peru.  “We urge the negotiators to maintain momentum in the talks as they – and soon their Japanese counterparts — address the hard issues that remain.” The business leaders calling for a redoubling of...

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High quality TPP needs to be concluded, urge businesses

Press Release – Joint Media Statement Business representatives from around the Asia Pacific region, gathered for the 16th round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations currently underway in Singapore, urged negotiators to show flexibility and narrow the range of differences so that …Media release 8 March 2013 High quality TPP needs to be concluded sooner than later, urged businesses Business representatives from around the Asia Pacific region, gathered for the 16th round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations currently underway in Singapore, urged negotiators to show flexibility and narrow the range of differences so that the negotiations can be brought to conclusion as soon as possible. “It is to the businesses’ interest that the negotiation should be concluded sooner than later so that companies could benefit and help their businesses to grow. However, bearing in mind that TPP should be a high quality agreement, we don’t want to sacrifice substance for speed”, said Ho Meng Kit, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Business Federation. “We welcome new parties to join the TPP but we hope that the inclusion of new participating economies would not slow down the current negotiation process”, he added. Business organisations supporting the call to bring TPP to a substantive conclusion as soon as possible include the Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce, Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Emergency Committee for American Trade, Foreign...

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Civil society groups slam corporate influence on TPP talks

Press Release – Joint Media Statement The 11th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations between Australia , the US , New Zealand , Malaysia and four other countries starts in Melbourne on March 1. Civil society groups from those countries are in Melbourne to contest …Media Release Tuesday February 28, 2012 International civil society groups slam corporate influence on Trans-Pacific free trade talks in Melbourne The 11th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations between Australia , the US , New Zealand , Malaysia and four other countries starts in Melbourne on March 1. Civil society groups from those countries are in Melbourne to contest corporate influence and debate the issues. “US global corporations are driving US negotiators’ proposals,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today. “Pharmaceutical companies want more rights to charge higher prices for medicines and tobacco companies want the right to sue governments for damages if they regulate tobacco advertising. Australian government policy should mean that it refuses these demands, supports labour rights and environmental protections and releases the text of the agreement for public debate before it is signed.” Chee Yoke Ling, Director of Programmes, and Third World Network, explained: “In Malaysia , the TPPA will have a big impact, since we do not already have an FTA with the USA . Leaked proposals...

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