Govt is chuffed with NZ-UK free trade agreement but Jane Kelsey has spotted some shortcomings (including the Maori chapter)

It’s  “historic”    and  “one  of  our  best  deals  ever”.  So  enthuses  the PM,  Jacinda Ardern, about  the  new free  trade  deal  with  the  United Kingdom.

She and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke yesterday evening to mark this historic moment and its importance in forging a stronger and more dynamic future relationship between two close friends and partners, Ardern said.

“This deal serves New Zealand’s economy and exporters well as we reconnect, rebuild and recover from COVID-19, and look forward into the future.”

And:

“It’s one of our best deals ever and secured at a crucial time in our COVID recovery.” 

NZ is the second country to secure a new free trade agreement with the United Kingdom post Brexit.  Continue reading “Govt is chuffed with NZ-UK free trade agreement but Jane Kelsey has spotted some shortcomings (including the Maori chapter)”

Greens are among the few grinches as political and business leaders welcome CPTPP

Trade and Export Minister David Parker  this week couldn’t disguise  the satisfaction  he  got out of announcing  the CPTPP trade and investment pact  comes into  effect next month.  The  timing means  NZ  will benefit from not one,  but two rounds, of  tariff cuts  almost  immediately  in key markets.

Even though  Labour  was  cool  about the proposed pact when  National  was in power    – and doing the hard yards in negotiations – Parker  can take the  credit for  getting  the  job  done, just as   National  took the  credit for the free  trade pact with China  which the previous  Labour government had initiated.

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