24 Jul | Bay of Plenty
European Union – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and other trade negotiations forumEvent Date:
24th Jul 2019 7:30am-9:30amLocation:
Bay of PlentyVenue:
Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga 3110Description:
Come along to our free event to hear from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on negotiations for a European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement, and other trade negotiations.
- Find out what the European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement means for New Zealand and where negotiations are at.
- Get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration.
- Ask questions, share your views, and hear what others are thinking.
The presentations will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers, and refreshments.
Our shared history and values make the European Union (made up of 28 member states) a close and like-minded trade partner for New Zealand. A modern free trade agreement with the EU is a chance to deepen that partnership, deliver significant economic gains, and agree on high standards in areas that New Zealanders care about, like the environment and labour standards. Information on the EU-NZ FTA can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at: www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/agreements-under-negotiation/eu-fta/
Mark Trainor, Principal Advisor, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Mark is currently the Principal Advisor in the Trade & Economic Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His responsibilities include leadership of complex and sensitive trade policy issues, maintaining coherence across New Zealand’s negotiating positions and contributing to people development. Current areas of focus include the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement (DEPA) negotiations, leveraging the OECD to help achieve concrete and meaningful actions following the March 2019 Christchurch attacks and evolving work on New Zealand’s priorities for its year as APEC host in 2021. Mark was also until recently New Zealand’s Lead Negotiator for two FTAs: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the bilateral FTA negotiations with India.
John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
John heads the newly-established Trade Policy Engagement Unit tasked with helping the government respond to New Zealanders’ concerns and interests on trade agreements. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a four-year stint within the Trade Negotiations Division where he worked on tariff negotiations both in the context of Non-agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and several of New Zealand’s FTAs. He has also completed a diplomatic posting in London and two postings in Seoul. John speaks Te Reo Māori and Korean fluently.
ExportNZ Bay of plenty has partnered with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to bring you this event.