On The Nation (9.30 am Saturday, 10:00 am Sunday):
Yesterday the Government launched a trade policy onslaught:
Prime Minister Bill English has today launched New Zealand’s updated trade strategy, Trade Agenda 2030, and reiterated the Government’s commitment to free trade.
The Prime Minister has also announced the Government’s ambitious goal of having free trade agreements cover 90 per cent of New Zealand’s goods exports by 2030, up from 53 per cent today, as well as investing $91.3 million over four years through Budget 2017 to help achieve this.
- Bill English Speech to International Business Forum and Auckland Chamber of Commerce
- NZ to open High Commission in Sri Lanka
- New Zealand to open new embassy in Ireland
- $35.3m to support primary sector exporters
- Ministerial Advisory Group on trade announced
- $27m boost for MFAT resources
- New NTB Clearing House to tackle trade barriers
McClay is doing a good job of talking knowledgeable and reasonably frank about the prospects of future trade agreements.
Trade Minister Todd McClay says Government still wants to do a trade deal with Russia, even if Vladimir Putin is in power.
Trade Minister Todd McClay on a plane to meet Trump administration “within the month”.
Trade Minister Todd McClay says Saudi Arabia/Gulf states free trade deal will be signed this year.