Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership

In two articles published in Idealog magazine Stephen outlines what’s at stake for New Zealand in TPP.

Read these articles here and here.

Is there still hope for TPP?

Stephen assesses the prospects for the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2015 here.

The big question for trade policy watchers as we start a new year is whether the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations might be concluded.  Last year I thought negotiations could be concluded by April.  I was wrong.  This year I can make no such prediction, save one – if TPP is not finished soon, we may need to move on to something else.

 

 

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”.

TPP grinds inexorably on

It ain’t over, till it’s over, writes Stephen in his latest commentary on TPP published by NBR On Line.

Reports of the imminent demise of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) are greatly exaggerated.  While some momentum has certainly been lost in recent months, TPP is still very much a “live” negotiation and economies are re-engaging in a flurry of bilateral consultations in advance of another Lead Negotiators’ gathering in July.

Read the full comment here.

TPP and Japan – hopefully not back to the future

President Obama’s visit to Tokyo 23-25 April should tell us whether there is a way forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation.  It is in the nature of trade negotiations to teeter on the brink of collapse but there is concern that momentum risks being lost as the United States and Japan go head to head on the perennial issue of market access for agriculture.

Read Stephen’s latest blog post on the TradeWorks website.

TPP study was robust

Trade policy today is mostly not about tariffs. The vast bulk of the world’s wealth today is generated by trade in services, not goods. Finding ways to speed up the movement of goods and reduce costs may be even more significant than reductions in duties and taxes.

Read Stephen’s article in the Dominion Post commenting on the expected economic gains from TPP.

 

APEC comes to Auckland in February

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meets in Auckland in February and the future health of the Asia Pacific region will be top of mind.

Read Stephen’s article on the New Zealand Herald website.

 

Busy year looms for trade negotiators

China is established as our main market and the TPP’s nearly a done deal, but there’s plenty more work to do.

Read Stephen’s article on the New Zealand Herald website.