The next generation of FTAs – what does business want?

While in Qingdao , China, for the APEC Senior Officials’ meeting Stephen spoke to a workshop focused on sharing information between free trade agreements in operation in the Asia Pacific region.  He outlined what business wants to see from FTAs and what the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) wants governments to do at this point to develop the next generation of agreements:

“Next generation issues can be new approaches to old issues as much as new issues not previously thought of. Next generation issues are rather more likely to be found behind the border than at the border. And so more than ever before we need to devise robust processes to address non-tariff barriers and other “behind the border” issues. We need to develop greater coherence in rule making around the region and co-ordinate – to the greatest extent possible our approach to issues like investment, innovation and competition.We need to develop a stronger focus on services trade issues recognizing the by growing share of services trade in global commerce.We need to continue to work on the digital economy and try to incorporate new disciplines relevant to the way business is being done today, including permanent duty free access for digital products.”

Read Stephen’s full address here.


Preparing for FTA negotiations

On 6-10 May Stephen was in Qingdao, China, attending meetings of APEC Senior Officials. On 6 May he addressed a workshop aimed at helping APEC economies to prepare for FTA negotiations.  He spoke about the importance of consulting with the business community:

“More than ever before trade policy is becoming intrinsically linked with domestic economic policy as the implications of trade agreements reach far deeper into domestic policy settings particularly in terms of policies related to foreign investment, innovation and competition.

As the negotiating agenda has become more sophisticated, trade negotiators have been obliged to consult more fully with public stakeholders, especially business, and to interact more frequently with domestic agencies for advice as they confront a range of policy issues with which they are not accustomed.

In this context the need for a properly informed basis on which to make policy decisions for translation into trade and economic agreements is critical.”

Read Stephen’s full remarks here.

Think global, act global

On 2 May 2014 Stephen was honoured to join the community of Whititreia International at their graduation ceremony.  In his address to graduands Stephen urged them to take advantage of the new dimensions of a globalized world:

“You have heard it said:  “think global, act local”. It is good to act local, to build strong local communities, to develop competitive local businesses. Today I want to challenge you to think global and act global! Because today, perhaps more so than at any other time in our history, local is global and global is local. This is the future we need to embrace today”

Read Stephen’s full address on the NZIBF website.

Securing the region’s food suppy – The APEC policy partnership on food security

Read Stephen Jacobi’s address to the Global Food Safety Forum, Dunedin

Regional economic integration – Is it all headed in the same direction?

Stephen Jacobi’s address to NZIIA Symposium “Asia Pacific Integration – The Economic and Security Dimensions for New Zealand” – Wellington.

The Trans Pacific Partnership – why what and when

Address by Stephen Jacobi to the Wellington branch of The New Zealand Institute for International Affairs.

What’s next for New Zealand, the United States and the Asia Pacific region

Address by Stephen Jacobi to the Christchurch branch of the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs.

Read the full speech on the NZ US Council website.

Reflections of a travelling salesman – what progress in opening new markets for New Zealand?

Read Stephen Jacobi’s address to the Hawke’s Bay branch of the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs.

Progress and success in the Japan NZ relationship – the Trans Pacific Partnership and the case for Japan

Read Stephen Jacobi’s address to the Japan New Zealand Business Council

The Trans Pacific Partnership – corporate dream or vehicle for growth

Remarks by Stephen Jacobi to the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs

Click on the link above to read this speech on the New Zealand International Business Forum website.