Commerce Minister expects ‘commercially significant’ cope with UK

2021-06-11 23:21:34

The Minister of Commerce and Export Development Damien O’Connor says he hopes to make strong progress on free commerce agreements on his go to to the UK and EU subsequent week.

Damien O'Connor

Minister of Commerce and Export Development Damien O’Connor says he’ll solely settle for a high-quality commerce cope with the UK post-Brexit.
Picture: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

O’Connor is travelling to London, Brussels, Singapore and Paris in a bid to push ongoing negotiations with the UK and European Union.

He stated his in-person go to would add political weight to commerce and export talks which have to date fallen wanting New Zealand’s expectations.

The journey marks the primary worldwide journey by a New Zealand Minister because the Covid-19 pandemic started in February 2020.

O’Connor stated, whereas digital know-how had enabled talks to proceed throughout the pandemic, he was trying ahead to the face-to-face engagement.

“Having the ability to meet with my counterparts – albeit socially distanced – will assist us transfer in direction of concluding a top quality, complete and inclusive free commerce settlement.

“Concerning the UK, following completion of the fifth spherical, which is likely to be on the finish of this week or weekend, I will be reinforcing expectations that we’ve a high-quality, complete and inclusive cope with the UK. Central to this will likely be a commercially significant items market entry supply from the Brits.

“In Brussels I will be reinforcing New Zealand’s expectations that key excellent points within the FTA talks, together with market entry, commerce and sustainable growth and mental property must be labored by means of.”

The Minister stated he hoped to make strong progress on negotiations throughout his time abroad however there was nonetheless a strategy to go earlier than any deal was sealed.

“At this stage of commerce negotiations we’re nonetheless a way from the end however hopefully in a few of the difficult areas we’ve reached political settlement.”

O’Connor stated to date the UK’s gives had fallen “properly brief” of New Zealand’s expectations and whereas he wished to make progress, he wouldn’t sacrifice high quality for pace.

He stated the UK was beneath stress to safe free commerce agreements post-Brexit.

“They’ve brazenly stated that they need to get out and negotiate commerce agreements. Clearly that is a part of the post-Brexit technique they’ve and I feel it has been stated a variety of instances within the UK that if they can not do a cope with New Zealand and Australia then who can they do one with?”

UK international trade secretary Liz Truss is expected to approach NZ about joining the CPTPP tomorrow.

UK Commerce Secretary Liz Truss
Picture: Provided/ UK Division for Worldwide Commerce

This week Scottish meals producers despatched a letter warning UK Commerce Secretary Liz Truss concerning the free commerce settlement being developed by Australia.

The proposed settlement’s predominant criticism is {that a} zero-tarrifs, zero-quotas deal the federal government in Canberra is demanding would undercut British farmers and companies.

Talking to New Zealand’s place, O’Connor stated he was solely searching for “affordable entry” to the UK and European Union markets.

“In whole, we are able to most likely feed 40 million individuals. Clearly China is our primary market, South East Asia and different markets eat a whole lot of our produce.

“The quantity left to enter the UK and EU just isn’t that nice and has executed an inexpensive job through the years of complimenting what these European and UK producers put into the market.”

O’Connor would not touch upon stories of the Australian authorities presumably strolling away from their newest supply, apart from to say New Zealand was working by itself settlement.

‘I feel we each aspire to have a high-quality, commercially significant commerce negotiation and conclusion. We’re very related in our strategy in nearly all of those commerce offers.

“We’re trusting that, their aspirations, whereas they’ve a unique portfolio of commerce hyperlinks with the UK, ultimately I am certain their commerce deal will not be precisely the identical as ours. We’re aware that we each must attempt to get excessive requirements and outcomes.”

MFAT's chief TPP negiotiator Vangelis Vitalis (far right).

MFAT’s chief TPP negiotiator Vangelis Vitalis (far proper).
Picture: RNZ / Patrick Omeara

O’Connor will likely be accompanied by MFAT deputy secretary and chief negotiator for the EU-NZ free commerce settlement Vangelis Vitalis.

New Zealand’s Dublin-based chief negotiator for the UK-NZ free commerce settlement Brad Burgess will be a part of O’Connor for the London leg of the journey.

O’Connor will go to London, Brussels and Singapore en path to Paris on his commerce journey earlier than quarantining in an MIQ facility for 14 days.

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