Archive for June, 2015

Trade agreements are tricky animals

June 27, 2015

There’s a lot of activity going on with trade negotiations at the moment, but not much certainty about outcomes.

 

Ranging from the TPP, the grandfather of them all from New Zealand’s point of view, to the murky negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, the only deal signed off this year is the long awaited FTA with South Korea. (more…)

Saudi sheep farming venture a dog’s breakfast

June 22, 2015

It’s hard to imagine what on earth the government was thinking when it agreed to buy off a Saudi Arabian businessman Hmood al-Ali al-Khalaf to the tune of $11 million because it hoped he would stop objecting to a Gulf States Free Trade Agreement. (more…)

Agribusiness Agenda poses challenges

June 13, 2015

KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda for 2015 is a comprehensive analysis of the challenges faced by New Zealand agriculture in meeting the government’s target of doubling exports by 2025. In the light of dramatically falling dairy prices with little sign of recovery, what was always a big ask has suddenly become a whole lot harder. (more…)