Business welcomes new look TPP

Read Stephen’s press release on behalf of the NZ International Business Forum welcoming the Comprehensive and Progressive for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP):

11 November 2017 – The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) congratulates Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Trade Minister David Parker and their officials on concluding an agreement with eleven partners on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

“Our new Government has succeeded with CPTPP, not only in preserving essential elements of the original agreement, particularly in terms of improved market access to Japan, Canada and other markets, but has also softened its impact in areas that were previously contentious in New Zealand” said NZIBF Executive Director Stephen Jacobi from DaNang, Viet Nam.

Mr Jacobi said that the crucial market access package of TPP remains unchanged, but other elements including intellectual property (copyright and patents) had been suspended. The Government had also successfully satisfied its concerns related to the purchase of residential property by overseas tax residents and investor state dispute settlement (ISDS).

“This is a major achievement – CPTPP is essentially a new agreement which recognises that aspects of the previous agreement had been problematic for some in civil society, while not diminishing the economic impact and the new opportunities created for New Zealand exporters.”

Mr Jacobi noted that the Treaty of Waitangi had once again been fully protected, along with the right to regulate in the national interest in areas like the environment and public health. He drew attention to clauses in the agreement seeking to upholding environment and labour standards and address fishing subsidies. He hoped that all parties in the New Zealand Parliament could support the new look TPP.

“With CPTPP we have an opportunity not only to restore the bipartisan consensus around trade, but also to move on to thinking more deeply about how this agreement and others in the pipeline can be made to work better for people. The business community certainly hopes this can be a new basis for a better discussion about trade and its impacts in New Zealand and we look forward to working with the Government to complete the remaining work and to bring the agreement into force as soon as possible”.

NZ/Pacific Alliance – game on!

Stephen welcomes the launch of FTA negotiations between NZ and the Pacific Alliance – see the NZIBF statement on the Tradeworks site here.

TPP needed now more than ever

On behalf of the NZ International Business Forum Stephen welcomes the announcement that the remaining 11 members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) are planning to continue to implement TPP.  See his statement on the Tradeworks site here.

Stephen meets Chinese Ambassador HE Wang Lutong

As Executive Director of the NZ China Council Stephen was honoured to call on Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong.  See a readout of their meeting here.

Stephen is appointed Executive Director of the NZ China Council

Stephen has taken over the reins – at least until January 2017 – of the NZ China Council, an organisation funded by government and business to promote a strong and resilient relationship with China.   Read more about the appointment here.  Stephen will continue his other roles working with a range of business and government clients at Jacobi Consulting.

Stephen is a Finalist in the AUT Business Support Awards

Stephen is honoured to be a finalist in the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards in the Leadership category.  The awards night is to be held on 2 October.

Read the full release from AUT here.

New Zealand Business at APEC Bali

The NZ International Business Forum announces that twelve New Zealand business representatives will participate in the APEC CEO Summit in Bali.

“The Bali meetings are an opportunity to demonstrate our interest in APEC’s agenda for growth and jobs as well as promote New Zealand’s relationship with Indonesia which is celebrating its emergence as a regional economic power-house,” said NZIBF Executive Director Stephen Jacobi.

Read the full release

Japan NZ Forum to focus on TPP and growth partnership

The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF) announces the fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum will be held in Tokyo on 26 September 2013.

Taiwan Agreement a positive step towards regional economic integration

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) has told Parliament that it warmly welcomes and supports the Government’s intention to conclude an economic cooperation agreement (ANZTEC) with Taiwan.

Read the full media release on the NZIBF website. 

NZ International Business Forum welcomes Japan to TPP

The New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) today congratulated the Japanese Government on Japan’s formal association with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations underway in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Read the full media release on the NZIBF website