[13 April/Otago Daily Times]

According to Trade Minister, David Parker, it was still unclear whether the U.S. was committed to returning to the Trans Pacific Partnership. U.S. President, Donald Trump, told officials to look at signing the partnership. During his campaign he was against the deal calling it a disaster. He saw it as a way to balance China’s influence in the region. Mr Parker added there had been no official confirmation. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, noted that it would trigger a whole new process if the U.S did genuinely want to re-join. In the revised CPTPP, there are changes such as new provisions to narrow the ability of foreign investors to sue governments. National Party Trade Spokesman, Todd McClay, said the U.S’ change in direction was welcome and they should engage with officials as quickly as possible. He noted that none of the provisions were significant enough to prevent NZ from seeking access to North America.