Survey of our trade history being launched

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University of Auckland

July 18, 2017

Trade Minister Todd McClay will launch an Academic Survey tracing the history of New Zealand’s trade negotiations since the 1970s in Wellington on Thursday, July 20.

Mr McClay will launch the Survey with Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum.

The event will be held at RHLT2, Rutherford House, Victoria University Pipitea Campus, located at 23 Lambton Quay.

Entry is free but registration is required. Please register here
The Survey, stated to the first of its kind in New Zealand, has been reviewed by University of Auckland Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations Stephen Hoadley.

The review traces New Zealand’s trade diplomacy from early attempts to sell beef to Japan to current efforts to secure free trade agreements with Europe, Britain, and the United States.

Relations with Australia
His subsequent book ‘New Zealand Trade Negotiations,’ details the setting of precedent in Closer Economic Relations with Australia in 1983 and then how a dozen more free trade agreements were negotiated successfully, all of which boosted New Zealand producers’ access to overseas markets.
“New Zealand has been a leader in trade liberalisation since we negotiated privileged entry to the European Economic Community in 1971,” Dr Hoadley said.
His book explains New Zealand’s successful FTA initiatives with Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, ASEAN, South Korea and Chile and its achievement of trade ‘firsts’ with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Pending FTAs
After reviewing New Zealand’s participation in the World Trade Organisation, Dr Hoadley offers speculation regarding seven pending FTAs, the suspended Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the prospective Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Please register here
About Dr Stephen Hoadley
Dr Stephen Hoadley has lectured, written, and done media commentary on New Zealand and US foreign affairs for four decades. His books include The New Zealand Foreign Affairs Handbook; New Zealand and Australia; New Zealand Taiwan Relations; New Zealand and France; Negotiating Free Trade—the NZ-Singapore CEP Agreement; and New Zealand United States Relations (Second Edition).

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