Trade For All Advisory Board Seminar
12 July 2019
Start Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
- Location: Dunedin
- Venue: Otago Chamber of Commerce, Level 3, 442 Moray Place
The Trade for All Advisory Board (TFAAB) has been established by the Government to take a deep dive into NZ’s trade policy and come up with recommendations on how trade policy can be made to work better for all New Zealanders. It’s website is available here; https://www.tradeforalladvisoryboard.org.nz/
The TFAAB’s Chair, David Pine, will be in Dunedin on Friday, 12th July 2019. He is interested in learning about your experiences in dealing with the Government on trade policy, your views on the Free Trade Agreements and anything else you want to share.
David Pine has been appointed by Minister David Parker to lead the Trade for All Advisory Board process in 2018 and 2019. The TFAAB is an independent 20-member group, representing a range of backgrounds from civil society, business, government and non-government. They will be making recommendations to the Coalition Government on how to make New Zealand’s Trade Policy work for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
The Trade for All Advisory Board (TFAAB) is due to submit their report to the Government in the last quarter of 2019.
More information about the board process is on their website.
Focus Groups – giving Smaller Exporters a Voice
As the Board prepares its report, David Pine is keen to hear views from smaller exporting businesses based in regional New Zealand. David Pine has asked NZTE to help him set up some “focus group” meetings in regional centres. These meetings can be in collaboration with local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Agencies where appropriate.
These meetings are intended to be small (less than 20 participants). The format of these meetings will be an informal discussion. All views are welcome, and businesses should come prepared to share their views, ideas and experiences with David Pine.
This is a great opportunity for smaller businesses to have their perspectives heard on how NZ’s trade policy could evolve to better support businesses like them.
Please note - while NZTE is helping to organise these meetings on behalf of the Board, the NZTE team will not be facilitating or directly participating in the conversations. This is about a conversation between the independent Board and local businesses.
Some of the questions the Board are interested to discuss:
- Is the Government doing enough to make the opportunities in trade agreements accessible to all NZ businesses?
- Are tariff preferences being fully utilised? Is more education on this needed?
- Are SMEs being well enough supported? What could be done differently?
- Are we too focused on goods?
- Could the taonga of the Government’s offshore network be made more accessible to all New Zealanders?
- Do we have the mechanisms in place that would allow the Crown and Māori to explore positive partnership opportunities offshore?
- How could NZ Inc make more creative use of the country’s diversity?
- E-commerce is revolutionising the way goods and services are traded with risks as well as opportunities. Is New Zealand ready?
- Is the infrastructure that supports NZ’s trade - ports, airports, air and shipping services - as good as it could be for a world class trading nation?