Tag: Trade Agreements

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites

Column – Gordon Campbell D riving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labours new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government … Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites Driving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labour’s new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government response to housing need,...

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India & NZ serious about expanding investment

Press Release – India New Zealand Business Council “India & NZ are serious about expanding investment opportunities, says John Key at INZBC Summit 2016.“India & NZ are serious about expanding investment opportunities”, says John Key at INZBC Summit 2016. Putting the FTA back in focus, the Prime Minister said that, “India is potentially a huge market and India New Zealand Business Council playing a very critical role from our point of view in terms of linking New Zealand, pretty small country at the bottom of the world with second most populous country in the world.” The Prime Minister revealed that he will be going to India in October this year, to push for FTA negotiations which we have been working on. “If we look at the numbers, we are currently doing 2.2 billion worth of two-way trade with India, it shows the potential of doing trade with India further if we get the agreement right. Although, Free trade agreement by itself doesn’t guarantee that we would get more business straightaway, but it does let us trade in each other’s market”. Key also noted that organisations like India New Zealand Business Council are important to make the pathways easier between the govt. of both the countries. “New Zealand can work on advancing the corporation with India to make sure those small farms can grow and become more productive. India’s long-term...

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Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Article – Gordon Campbell So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade … Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements First posted at werewolf.co.nz So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade access. In their desperation to get the TPP passed, US lawmakers have been describing the contest as an apocalyptic struggle for regional dominance. As President Barack Obama claimed in a recent Washington Post op ed: America should write the rules. America should call the shots. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around. New Zealand is one of those US “partners” that belong to both deals and last week, the latest round of RCEP talks concluded in Auckland. So far, the Key government hasn’t provided the public with much in the way of a reasoned comparison of what benefits – and drawbacks – these two deals...

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Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP

Press Release – Green Party The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today.16 June 2016 Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today. RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between 14 Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Negotiations were held in Auckland this week....

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