APEC in Beijing – let a thousand flowers bloom

Read Stephen’s latest commentary on the outlook for the November APEC Summit  here

The 23 New Zealand business leaders attending the APEC event might well say “let a thousand flowers bloom” – with a foot in TPP and RCEP and a strong relationship with China and our trade-thumping FTA New Zealand is well placed to benefit from whatever emerges in Beijing.

 

A hitch hiker’s guide to trade agreements

Read Stephen’s presentation to U3A in Wellington in which he outlines the background to New Zealand’s trade with the rest of the world, the Government’s approach to trade policy and the state of the TPP negotiations.

Lifting export performance

Read Stephen’s article in the National Business Review in which he outlines some things that need to happen to lift New Zealand’s exports

“Competition today is less between countries than between competing value chains.  New Zealand’s ability to participate depends on the extent to which we can develop greater flexibility in becoming part of these value chains and integrating more deeply into global markets.  Beyond managing the exchange rate, we need inspirational business leadership, the commitment of our workforce, encouraging government policies and bipartisan support from across the political spectrum”.