Election 2011 - Party Policies - Economy - Trade

Election 2011 - Party Policies - Economy - Trade


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Not set out on their website.

  • All international treaties must be voted on in Parliament before being signed, must give full effect to our Treaty of Waitangi obligations, and must put the rights of peoples and governments before those of multinational company investors.
  • Oppose trade deregulation in public goods, services and utilities, and where desirable, roll back GATS commitments.
  • Uphold international labour and environmental agreements through an International Trading Organisation and regional trading agreements to replace the WTO.
  • Retain or impose tariffs, quotas or bans to stop unfair competition from unjust or unsustainable production (eg forced labour, unsustainable logging). (more here)

  • Labour will explore stronger strategic trade relationships with other groupings of countries or regions, where they enhance our interests and maximise security and stability in any region.
  • We will pursue initiatives in South America, perhaps including joint ventures (country to country) or public-private partnerships, in order to maximise a southern hemisphere pitch into northern hemisphere markets for commodities, and combined research and development for sustainable technologies year round.
  • Labour will revisit our trade relationships and development assistance in the Pacific with a view to creating sustainable industries in Pacific nations appropriate to those nations within
    the context of the rules of the WTO. We will continue to pursue trade agreements already in train with the Gulf Cooperation
    Council, India and Russia.
  • We will continue to participate in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks but reiterate our commitment to retaining Pharmac in particular as a bottom line item which must not be traded away. We feel similarly strongly about intellectual property provisions.
  • Labour will establish a Trade Advisory Commission.
  • Labour will better focus New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) on accessing export opportunities for New Zealand firms. (more here)

Not set out on their website.

  • We will introduce a stronger Treaty clause into all Free Trade Agreements. (more here)

  • Promoting and supporting businesses overseas - particularly in China and India. ( more here)
  • Negotiate new free-trade agreements with India, the Gulf States, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (including the US, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam), Korea, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
  • Provide $200 million more in trade guarantees to increase opportunities for exporters, and develop a trade single window for importers and exporters.
  • Develop individual New Zealand Inc country strategies to grow our exports with key markets. (more here)

  • Pursue Free Trade Agreements with key trading partners, with a particular focus on India, Japan, the US and Korea.
  • Lobby for a better deal for NZ businesses and exporters, including the agricultural sector, with the expanded European Union. (more here)



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