Tag: NZIBF

Japan NZ Forum To Focus On TPP and Growth Partnership

Press Release – NZIBF The fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum will be held in Tokyo on 26 September 2013, the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) announced today.Japan NZ Forum To Focus On TPP and Growth Partnership The fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum will be held in Tokyo on 26 September 2013, the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) announced today. NZIBF Executive Director Stephen Jacobi said the Forum would enable senior business representatives from both countries to continue their discussion about ways to build a stronger partnership between the two countries. “Japan’s entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations has the potential to transform New Zealand’s economic relationship with our fourth largest trade and investment partner. Japan’s strengthening economy, and prospects for further economic reform, also gives rise to new opportunities which have not been seen for a decade or more,” said Mr Jacobi. “With TPP entering the end game, now is a good time to take up the discussion with our Japanese friends once more.” Under the theme “Japan and New Zealand – a partnership for growth” the Forum will be addressed by Japanese and New Zealand Ministers. The Forum would feature presentations by business leaders, a “Tastes of New Zealand and Japan” luncheon as well as a roundtable discussion. The Partnership Forum is organised by NZIBF in close co-operation with the New Zealand Embassy in...

Read More

Coalition Supports Core Principles For TPP Agreement

Press Release – NZIBF A coalition of agricultural and food organisations led by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Fonterra Cooperative Group has spelled out its expectations for a final, successful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.Coalition Supports Core Principles For TPP Agreement A coalition of agricultural and food organisations led by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Fonterra Cooperative Group has spelled out its expectations for a final, successful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The coalition made up of 13 agricultural and food organisations  has written to the Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser, and Minister for Primary Industries, Hon  Nathan Guy, outlining a set of principles to ensure that the TPP negotiations “fulfil the promise of a high-quality agreement that can serve as a standard for future trade agreements.” The group said a final TPP agreement must: Cover all elements of trade and investment, including agriculture, goods, services, digital trade, competition policy and intellectual property. No product or sector exclusions, including in agriculture. Exclusions would limit opportunities in each of the member countries to reach new markets, grow businesses and generate economic growth and jobs. Phase out all tariffs and other market access barriers by the end of the negotiated transition period. Transition periods must have commercially meaningful timeframes, which should be short and not back-loaded. Include robust outcomes on sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) issues. SPS measures also must be...

Read More

NZ Japan Business Forum a great success

Press Release – NZIBF The NZPGA Pro-Am Championship and Challenge Golf Tournament in Queenstown proved an ideal venue to hold the Japan New Zealand Business Forum on 2 March. The Forum was deemed a great success by participants and paves the way for more such events … 4 March 2013 Media release NZ Japan Business Forum a great success The NZPGA Pro-Am Championship and Challenge Golf Tournament in Queenstown proved an ideal venue to hold the Japan New Zealand Business Forum on 2 March. The Forum was deemed a great success by participants and paves the way for more such events in the future. “We had a very useful and interesting exchange of views between the senior Japanese and New Zealand business leaders present amidst the relaxing atmosphere of Millbrook Resort,” said NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) Chairman Sir Graeme Harrison. “New Zealand participants encouraged Japan to pursue entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations as a means of bolstering trade and investment ties within the region and specifically between New Zealand and Japan. “There was cautious optimism amongst Japanese business leaders that Japan would seek to join TPP in the next few months, bearing in mind that the window of opportunity for Japan to join is narrowing given the goal of concluding TPP by the end of this year. “We were interested to hear about the positive...

Read More

NZ Japan Business Forum To Convene In Queenstown

Press Release – NZIBF The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is taking advantage of the NZPGA Pro-Am Championship and Challenge Golf Tournament in Queenstown to hold a business forum on 2 March with visiting Japanese business leaders. The presence in New …1 March 2013 Media release NZ Japan Business Forum To Convene In Queenstown The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) is taking advantage of the NZPGA Pro-Am Championship and Challenge Golf Tournament in Queenstown to hold a business forum on 2 March with visiting Japanese business leaders. “The presence in New Zealand of a number of senior Japanese business representatives provides an ideal opportunity for an informal exchange of views on issues relevant to business in both countries,” said NZIBF Chairman Sir Graeme Harrison. “Free trade negotiations are expected to commence in mid-year in the context of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Japan is also exploring membership of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). We will want to discuss the implications of a new government in Japan for these initiatives, update our visitors on the prospects for the New Zealand economy particularly in the light of the quickening pace of the Christchurch rebuild and explore the potential for expanding tourism and other trade links.” Japan is New Zealand’s fourth largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth NZ$6.1 billion in 2011. Sir Graeme said that Sir Maarten Wevers,...

Read More