At no.4 in yesterday’s top ten news, the topic of globalised multi-coporate dominance gang-tactics with Nestle’s corporate governance style was found to be unlawful, illegal and bullying. The case referred to Nestle’s censorship, spying and lack of ethics, particularly pertaining to work in Africa.
In today’s news Murray McCully, NZ’s minister of foreign affairs announces that Africa is looking good to develop further as trading partners of NZ. China, USA are two nations trading heavily in Africa.
words for nz to think on: trade cretion with ethiopia. african union council. united arab emirates. africa. mid-east. china. central asia. antarctic. washingotn. john kerry. kanohi-ki-te-kanohi business culture is normal for nz business to happen. foreign policy favors that culture too. entrepreneurs meetings for trade must happen if trade is to follow. without them, it doesn’t follow. only existing resource trade happens via the stock market window. nz needs a wave of future emerging markets investment to happen constantly. region by region development is also normal. (more…)
“Davos”, as the WEF’s prestigious forum is known wants the US to stop the debt. Creditor nations and trading partners would like to see that happen too.
Nine senior global politicians, six men and three women are in a cue behind Tim for the top job (apparently) from Ghana, Costa Rica, Kenya, Jordan, New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Brazil. NZ could have improved international political considerations at a upper level, yet merit should see Tim get through the hoops. Tim has an “excellent chance.” Groser is a previous chair of the WTO’s agriculture negotiations.
The five WTO directors-general – including Pascal Lamy (who wraps August 31) have been from Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Thailand and France.
Ghana’s Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen is seen as a good sort, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, Anabel Gonzalez of Costa Rica, who is her country’s current Trade Minister is a good one too. Anabel previously ran the WTO’s Agriculture and Commodities Division. Tim is the other candidate. (more…)
WHENUA FARMLAND SALES ARE BOOMING IN NEW ZEALAND – MILK, MEAT, WOOL & AGRICULTURAL TAKINGS + MINERALS + WATER
Land grabs news: According to Reinz data: 101 more (or a rise of 36%) farms in New Zealand sold in December. Of 382 farm sales in the period of three months end to December, the median price per hectare was $23,070. It was a 12.8% price rise on same time last year.
What that means? Rich folks and conglomerates of rich folks, got themselves farms for Christmas.
Figures given: Overall, there were 1,454 farms sold in the year to December 2012. This is a jump of 21.9% up on 2011. In the lifestyle properties development market: Auckland was up 17%, Nelson 14% and Waikato 13%.
In other news: The dairy industry (milk supply chain) is also lifting again in the world. (more…)
At risk of being chomped by the E.U’s GFC structured economic models, The UK Telegraph runs with a story today for the Brit Parliament.
“David Cameron must seize back control of employment and social laws from Brussels and stop European nationals from claiming benefits in this country.”
On the cards are the words: social + employment law. opt-out provisions from laws + policy. a rather imaginary “emergency brake” on financial flows. curbing expenditure of EP’s move to Brussels + Strasbourg. (more…)
“It’s such a great chance for us to download from him on all the important things happening around the world. While they’ve got their own challenges at the moment, it’s still a very big market that’s going to become a bigger market over time. And having friends that will speak up for us is pretty important – it always has been for decades now. Now as we look at changing our footprint around the world and as they look at developing theirs, we’ll be looking at practical things we can do to share space together, work closely together, share services.”
–One Kiwi considers opening a joint-venture supermarket speciality franchise store with a British business partner.
Photo: Scoop: Canterbury planes South Island.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.1.13~
FEC. gang patch bill [banning gang patches in Government- and local government-owned buildings]. not spending as much quality time family. supporting and understanding families. slashing particularly high teen suicide rates. Te Ururoa Flavell (pictured below). dignity. respect. integrity. honesty. gravitas. humanised politics. Facebook. schools. businesses. every day get out among people. listen. understand people’s trials and tribulations. discuss issues with people on both sides of the debate. Read books for fun. World trade negotiation and policy books, read too. A kindle on on my iPad. camping at beaches. pursuits you can have around water. bush. hunting. hut stays. walking. Pacific Island countries. trade negotiations with the European Union. Most people, when agreements are being negotiated, don’t understand. be best trade negotiators. a Kindle on my iPad. Read world trade negotiation and policy books. camping at beaches. children’s pursuits you can have around water. bush walks. hunting. staying in a hut family time, away from everybody else. I would love an opportunity to do more in an area I have done a bit of work in before. Trade is that.
[words: Audrey Young. pic: NZH.Voxy].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.1.13~
“First Nations across this country have been voicing concern and frustration with a broken system that does not address long-standing disparities between First Nations and the rest of Canada, and address priorities in ways that will provide for long-term solutions and sustainability,” said Shawn Atleo.
“Through the ‘Idle No More’ movement, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of energy, pride and determination by our peoples in recent weeks,” wrote Atleo. “This level of citizen and community engagement is absolutely essential to achieve the change we all want to see in every First Nation — the hard work of re-building our Nations, our governments and protecting our lands, waters and territories.” (more…)
run those words through a search engine of your choosing and see what you find as research.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
“I have spent most of my professional life working to advance international trade issues and consider the WTO to be of fundamental importance to global economic development and prosperity. The past few years have placed great stress on the multilateral trading system and the next few years will be critical in maintaining the WTO’s relevance and value for its members.”
Tim Groser responds to the New Zealand government nominating Mr Groser for the top post at The World Trade Organisation.
Photo: Reuters. An excellent choice for NZ and the world.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.12.12~
AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEBT UNDER A TPP DEAL, WHILE THE USA USES HOLLYWOOD TO GET CHEAP FOOD FROM NEW ZEALAND – WHAT ARE THE REAL COSTS OF THE TPP TO NZ CITIZENS?
The honest article opener: I’m not an economist, but…
I do understand what a net loss or a net gain is.
You need to know what you’ve brought in, and what you’ve paid out.
The TPP could bring in US$2.9 billion by 2025 – a hypothetical figure hinging on 21 countries, (not the 11 that are negotiating). Even so, NZ’s PM advanced this figure.
What the costs will be.
What are the costs?
The TPP could tax NZ heavily in intellectual property, particularly copyright. (more…)
USA’s KURT CAMPBELL TALKS KAITIAKITANGA RELATIONSHIPS (GUARDIANSHIP) & TRADE WITH NEW ZEALAND & HOW CHINA, JAPAN & ASIAN NATIONS REGARD NEW ZEALAND AS A GOOD COUNTRY TO TRADE WITH
Political journalist Audrey Young zooms in to where the USA sees New Zealand in relationship to trading concurrently with China as the USA itself is heavily involved in doing economically too. Young’s new report is a very different tune to what much of NZ’s media tone has been reporting (in-the-main) up until this point. To support Audrey’s sponsor read direct here.
Or read a paraphrased version that has cultural sensibilities nuances added to it as a 360 on what the US is proposing:
Although the USA doesn’t have much choice on the matter of who New Zealand chooses to trade with per se, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, says The U.S both “approves of” and is “counting on” New Zealand’s building relationship with China.
New Zealand’s location being so far away from both nations, means that the realities of freight from NZ of NZ goods can be logistically met (or shared by China and the US) if both China and the USA build strong trade ties with NZ.
In today’s world too, there are many Chinese-Americans and on a business front China-US business co-ventures are common in today’s world, so what Campbell says reflects that reality. There are lots of American millionaires who have set up shop in China now.
“We do not want countries to feel that they need to choose,” Young reports Kurt saying. More members of the Communist Party central committee members had visited New Zealand in the past decade than almost any other country, Campbell says. “It’s very substantial and important.” (more…)
A-try to find one who's gonna give ya true lovin. You better shop around. Uh-huh Before you let 'em take your hand my son Understand my son Be a man my son I know you can my son I love it... a shop around
–Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.12.12~
Now I'm wondering if your love's still strong...
–lyrics: Mr Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Pol
A TPP DEAL AS GOLDEN AS NEW ZEALAND’s QUALITY BUTTER IS SOUGHT – NZ MUST NOT SETTLE FOR LESS THAN GOLDEN DEAL ON TPP
Photo: Gold bars NZ. Mainland Inc.
Political commentators talk of the TPP today. The NZH has good commentary. Read direct here. Or read on.
NZ gets down to business today with nine days in Auckland talking through a TPP deal. The deal recognizes regional trading between nations involved.
Protectionism is a real factor to watch. Few countries don’t see much of a future in closing their markets to foreign competition any more. Being open to a range of cultures makes you strong. A strong economy can happen as a result.
Tariff barriers haven’t risen post the GFC. A good thing. Without trade, a nation’s economy doesn’t grow. Or, new money doesn’t come into the national piggy bank (otherwise known as a nation’s total economy) unless robust trade occurs. Monopolies within nations must not dominate trade talks either. Especially in the early stages of talks for trade. Otherwise the incentives for trade can be slower than need be for the wider good.
The spirit of trade is that all people win. Thus protectionism is an area to watch there that all foreign investors and traders will be watching across trading nations of The TPP very closely.
Having written that, protecting the right things, is also healthy in trade talks. Something that NZ’s intellectual-academics look out for very well for New Zealanders, for example. If done right, their insights are healthy. We should value them too as a sounding board in the trade talks proceess.
New Zealand is one of those nations that has reduced its barriers of its own accord and has done deals with countries of a similar outlook. The TPP is one arena that reflects a desire to trade more in trade talks already started by New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and Chile. The United States, Canada and Mexico join the talks with NZ and Pacific Rim nations.
The USA’s strategic considerations are used as a heavy bargaining point in US trade policy talks. (For example the USA-Britan-France are the biggest weapons sellers in the world). The US in particular can bring that element into trade talks quite heavily (arguing -you never can be too prepared when it comes to ‘security’) in order to heavily promote the USA’s range of products, for example – that it has to move and barter with. (more…)
Winning Combos: Right now I’m thinking of… best American pancakes + New Zealand butter (the best in the world!).
You can always work on making the USA know happiness more. That was one such thought. For free. :)
Photo: The Farm of Beverly Hills does the best buttermilk grain pancakes, just opposite the Apple store and beside the fun movie theater at The Grove. It’s a place I would go to that always kept me sane in Hollywood. :)
We also need a good rib house road house in NZ. My fav in LA was always: Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill. Yeah! The Grove is where all of LA celebrity families go and shop. It’s a community village for sure.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.11.12~
TRADING WITH EYES OPEN – NZ EXPERTS NEED TO CONSULT INTO THE TPP + RCEP BEFORE AN AGREEMENT CAN OCCUR
Intellectual Property in The TPP + RECP need more thinking through reckons Fran O’Sullivan.
My thing with IP is:
1. Anything you type on a computer is accessible via someone else, if they really wanted to nab it. In addition the internet by design was created by the military to communicate, so it goes without saying all IP is being shared and borrowed by all, in the world since the advent of the internet.
You need software tracking technology that tracks IP if you want IP safe.
2. Products: Much of USA’s products in supermarkets weren’t initially created by the USA, yet Americans now make them. The same can be said of products made by NZ companies too. So where do you draw the line? For example, if you had to pay an IP tarrif on every pizza an American had, to Italy say – who created the pizza, then Italy would be kinda happy about that. (more…)
America’s TPP agreement needs some work… at the moment when the US is up against a ‘financial cliff’ restructure, the USA’s TPP demands of trade (namely via BigPharma being too strong in the deal), looks to a New Zealander like this image.
If the US looks to repay what it owes (get out of debt), then BigPharma’s products are not necessarily the way to go. To a Kiwi they look like this pill-owe. Comfortable but sedating too. NZ needs to get more entrepreneurial. Reclaim our get up and go. Create again. Export more.
Again, the USA’s TPP demands of trade negotiation… need some work.
What the USA wants from NZ? Food security + energy security for the future. It has 309 million people currently (2010 Census figures). (more…)
DAIRY + PHARMAC + HEALTHY NON-PHARMAC PRODUCTS + WATER PRODUCTS + A BIT OF OIL + EMPLOYMENT + EDUCATION …. TPP & RCEP TRADE TALKS OPPORTUNITIES
A bit of homework: Trade Talks NZ for TPP & RCEP:
TPP negotiating nations in the mix for New Zealand to trade with are Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Brunei, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia and the United States. Thailand wants buy in. Japan could too.
At the same time, New Zealand is currently juggling the Regional Economic Cooperation Partnership trade deal too. The Association of South-East Asian Nations and China are in the mix of that deal. The US isn’t in on that one.
The TPP is seen as “high quality.” It limits exclusions of trade between nations. Some political parties in NZ oppose the TPP. (more…)
FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORT: HOW NEW ZEALAND & THE USA & ASIAN NATIONS CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH TRADE RELATIONSHIP WINS
FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORT: HOW NEW ZEALAND, USA & ASIAN LEADERS CAN WIN IN TRADE RELATIONSHIPS – ESA & TPP REPORT November 2012:
East Asia Summit, USA-NZ TPP negotiations status report: The USA genuinely sees merit in getting a deal done. The USA sees New Zealand as a country that promotes free trade. New Zealand can be a useful sounding board for the USA on shaping trade deals in Asia in suring up comprehensive trade deals.
The US and NZ have an emerging relationship regarding possibilities of trade in Asia-Pacific that is improving.
TPP nuts and bolts – US-NZ: One suggestion to make an agreeable trade deal by 2013, was to have a watered down TPP.
An Ideal TPP is sought that all nations can buy into. (more…)
Photos: Alan Gibson.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.11.12~
New York Times Mark Landler & Rick Gladstone with Ellen Barry via Moscow whizzed up their take on where foreign policy could be heading for the USA in 2013. To support their sponsor, read direct here.
Or read on:
Steven Colbert joked on his fun show (a mix of entertainment, satire, political humor) that Mr Obama is America’s “first second-term black president of the USA.”
What does Barack need to be conscious of ahead on a foreign policy front?
It might be wise to vary the energy he invested into the sweeping domestic programs at home with a balancing focus on improving USA’s ties with the wider world. Foreign policy is a means to reach out to existing and new friends in the world.
Iran, Russia, China and the Mid-East hold clues and opportunities for the USA’s future. And how does a President weigh up benefits with perils? (eg: SWOT analysis for the President that is reliant on having the right ambassadors in place around the world advising back to HQ in informed and sobre minded ways -eg: realistic and frank).
Due to the election’s focus a lot of foreign affaris matters was understandably deferred by administration officials. Some see Obama as turning to past Presidents examples of brokering new foreign trade ties or stronger alliances. For example, Richard M. Nixon increased ties with China (there were all of those table tennis matches that were hot in sports, acting as a symbol of mutual respect between China, the US and other nations too).
Ronald Reagan furthered relationships to embrace arms control. (more…)
Cretive Economist & Political Writer Fran O’Sullivan’s Latest Letter: Read direct here.
Tim Groser‘s campaign for the top job in international trade is well underway at the forthcoming East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh. Could Tim Groser be the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
Most probably. His name sounds like groceries and that’s what the South Pacific is fast becoming – one of the best quality gocery growers in the world’s good future. We are groceries central in the years ahead. Climate change will ensure that is the case.
NZ’s PM plans embark with Tim to Cambodia for the one-day summit to the EAS. Pascal Lamy upcoming departure as WTO boss and a replacement is a hot topic for Asian political leaders, the two Australasian leaders and the United States President (assuming the US Secretary of State is not deputed to take the President’s place) in Phnom Penh.
NZ’s PM says: “It is a consensus agreement and there are many obstacles you can point to … but he is without doubt in our view the best candidate in the world and he has a wide range of support.”
Fran points out Tim is a strong contender for the job as: he is highly experienced, sharp and insightful and, importantly, can marry the big-picture political realities with the technical competence to get trade negotiations through thorny periods. (more…)
Australia snubbed the TPP agreement. Find out why.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~