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Have Your Say on Trade for All
31 August 2018
Have Your Say on Trade for All
Last week Trade for All consultations were launched by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and David Parker (Minister for Trade and Export Growth). 
 
In a nutshell ‘Trade for All’ is the name that has been given to New Zealand’s trade policy. The Government is looking into policy settings to ensure all New Zealanders benefit from our trade relationships and “trade agenda”.  The previous Government had designed their own version of trade policy for NZ which was called Trade Agenda 2030.  
 
This following briefly outlines the key differences between Trade Agenda 2030 and the new approach to Trade for All, and how you can get involved. 
 
How can you feed into the process?
 
The views of exporting businesses will be very important to the process.   You can find out more about Trade for All, share your views and make a submission at haveyoursay.mfat.govt.nz .   What we’d also strongly encourage you to do is come along to the Public meetings that are happening throughout the country – it’s important to have exporter voices in the room. 
 
The Public meetings are MFAT led and will be taking place in:
 
To register to attend, please click here.
 
How is “Trade for All” different from “Trade Agenda 2030”?
 
  • Trade Agenda 2030 was the trade policy framework of the previous government. It focused on improving New Zealand’s trade performance via Free Trade Agreements and reducing barriers to trade.
  • Trade for All continues to view FTAs as very important. But it also aims to look at how trade can help New Zealand grow a more productive and sustainable economy and inclusive society.  The public consultations over the next few months will help formulate the policy more clearly.
 
Trade for All is a chance to take a fresh look at New Zealand’s trade policy. The government wants our policies to help all New Zealanders benefit from trade. How do we support sustainable economic development that takes into account the impact on the environment we work and live in? How can trade policy be more inclusive and support New Zealanders in all regions of New Zealand to succeed on the global stage, including women, Māori and people in small and medium-sized enterprises?
 
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