New Zealand to host TPP meeting
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:01a.m.
Trade Minister Tim Groser is welcoming news that New Zealand will host the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations from December 3-12.
The announcement came after a meeting of TPP trade ministers in the margins of the APEC meetings in Vladivostok. New Zealand previously hosted a TPP round in December 2010.
"I'm very pleased that New Zealand will host delegations from TPP countries, and that we will play a central role in welcoming Canada and Mexico, whose participation marks a significant turning point in the negotiation and aligns with the original vision to create a truly regional, high quality, comprehensive, 21st century trade and investment agreement," Mr Groser said today.
Hundreds of negotiators from countries around the Asia Pacific region will attend the meeting in Auckland.
Jane Kelsey, a critic of the proposed agreement, says hosting the round will cost more than half a million dollars that should be spent on public policies that benefit New Zealanders.
"If the secrecy that has engulfed these negotiations continues, the taxpayers who are funding it will have no right to know what is actually going on," Dr Kelsey said.
She said stakeholder events have been crammed into one day when many of the relevant negotiators are not even around.
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17/09/2012 12:28:27 p.m.
Aiden it is clear you have no idea of the world we live in. We only have to look at the other countries in the pacific to realise that we are next. PNG is a classic example huge world bank loans has efectivly striped the value off their currency and inturn spent the money on port projects and recourse loading facilities for exports. The chosen few people selected to work mix concrete by hand because it is more cost effective than buying a mixer. There is nothing coming in as no one can afford it. Look around we are next .....Auckland export hub, Taranaki expansion, off shore exploration leases, mine expansion, rising food prices on localy grown produce, asset sales, unsustainable international fishing practices, hungry children. I suggest you go somewhere other than Disney land and see for you self.
17/09/2012 9:06:08 a.m.
zeitgeist is full of so many false facts that have already been pointed out by so many people. funny thing is people always scream fear with trade deals, yet nothing from any of them has every happened, they like to create monsters.
16/09/2012 7:07:02 p.m.
Why are we hosting our own demise?
This is nothing more than a global clearense sale on the last of our national assets. I suspect once we are adequately in debited and trade barriers removed, we will get what we have inadvertently asked for, a worthless currency that will have us begging for a job in a forign owned sweat shop or a farm purely to supply a forign market.
We have to choose, what do we want for our children?. We are being sold as an agricultural asset to profit global corporations and will continue to pay for our own slavery. There is another way, i suggest, a resorce based economy be seriously considered. Check it out Zeitgeist.com
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