[23 April/Stuff]

ExportNZ Executive Director, Catherine Beard, said a multilateral trade deal between commonwealth trade countries was too ambitious given the workload already on New Zealand’s dance card. She added that it was a possibility however would take a lot of time. Ms Beard noted that dairy exporters were excited about a deal including Africa, which they viewed as a growth market. Manufacturers’ Network Chief Executive, Dieter Adam, suggested that from an economic perspective the EU FTA should be top of the Governments priority list. Mr Adam said FTA’s that removed tariffs for New Zealand companies exporting goods were generally positive. National’s trade spokesman, Todd McClay, said any trade deal that was of high-quality was worth considering. He added that he thought New Zealand was not a country that should say no to a high-quality trade deal, but there are ones that would deliver sooner.