Tag: TPP

Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike

Article – Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed … Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike Scoop Video+Audio+Photos By Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed that he could not talk further about it because it was before the courts. He then moved on to describe his recent trip to Cambodia attending a meeting of TPP Leaders chaired by Barack Obama. He spoke about the significance of New Zealand’s trade relationships with Asia, in particular with Australia and China which would, he stated, ensure the continued development of the country’s economy through the tough economic times ahead. He said that the growth outlook for Europe’s economies was “anaemic” and the US would be grappling with the so-called “fiscal cliff” at least for the immediate future and so New Zealand should look to its own opportunities in the Asian region. He said last week’s meeting with TPP Leaders would add...

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Thailand to join TPP talks

Article – Bangkok Post Thailand has agreed to join negotiations in a United States-led free trade agreement (FTA) in a move which will be formally announced during President Barack Obama’s visit here on Sunday.Thailand’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be a highlight of the visit by the US president amid concern by activists over the consequences of the far-reaching free trade pact. More at http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/320886/thailand-to-join-tpp-talks Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Canada joins TPP talks, puts farm protection on the table

Article – BusinessDesk Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Canada’s heavily protected markets, which have been a barrier to New Zealand’s agricultural exports, face an overhaul after the North American nation formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Canada joins TPP talks, puts farm protection on the table By Paul McBeth Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Canada’s heavily protected markets, which have been a barrier to New Zealand’s agricultural exports, face an overhaul after the North American nation formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Standing in for Trade Minister Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore said his country has formally joined the negotiations, which seek to bring down trade barriers and align regulatory settings. Canada joins Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam in the formal negotiations, with the next round to be held in Auckland in December. “Opening new markets and increasing Canadian exports to fast-growing markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region is a key part of our government’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” Moore said. “The region is a priority market for Canadian businesses, offering enormous opportunities to our exporters.” The TPP negotiations, which grew from New Zealand’s P4 deal with Chile, Brunei and Singapore, have been widely opposed by anti-globalisation activists and academics over intellectual property demands made by the US and provisions that would...

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NZ-US Council scores ‘own goal’ with laughable TPP Survey

Media release: Professor Jane Kelsey Friday 5 October, 2012 “When cheerleaders commission a survey to support their pet project you can pretty-well guarantee the questions will be skewed to produce a favourable result. But the survey commissioned by the NZ-US Council to show that Kiwi’s support the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement takes the cake”, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, a critic of the agreement. “According to the survey 57% of New Zealanders support the proposed TPP, yet 51% of them have never heard of the TPP!” The methodology of the survey is so laughable it does not even warrant a serious rebuttal. “The Council should be shamefaced about trying to present the results as indicating anything of value. A first year student who presented this as a piece of academic work would fail with an E.” Professor Kelsey says the survey has “an air of desperation”. New Zealand will host the next round of TPPA talks in Auckland from 3 to 12 December and its champions are on the back foot. “Many Kiwis are affronted simply by the secrecy that engulfs the TPP negotiations and prevents them knowing what is being done in their name”, said Professor Kelsey. “Others are aware from leaked documents and informed speculation that US-led demands would have a huge negative impact on a wide raft of policies that affect New Zealanders’...

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