September 22, 2008

BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO EASY ACCESS TO SHEEP:

US trade move big news for NZ: Clark (Paula Oliver, 9/23/08, New Zealand Herald)

Word seeped out yesterday that the US had decided to join the so-called P4 trade agreement, which encompasses New Zealand, Singapore, Chile and Brunei.

The US decided in March to hold talks with the P4 focusing on investment and financial services only, but it's now decided to join the whole deal.

Prime Minister Helen Clark last night put the potential deal in the same ballpark as getting a bilateral free trade agreement with the US, something the Government has sought unsuccessfully for several years.

"I think the value to New Zealand of the United States coming into a transpacific agreement as a partner would be of the same value as we would hope to get from a bilateral FTA," Helen Clark said. "It's very, very big news."


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2008 2:22 PM
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