Agreement procures advantage on contracts

New Zealand has signed the ‘Government Procurement Agreement’ (GPA) with the World Trade Organisation, which according to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser, will accrue substantial benefits to the business community. But the benefits would not be available for another two years, since the process has a number of formalities to be completed. New Zealand must…

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Leadership underscores good governance

Political ‘governance’ exists on sub-National, the Nation-State and supra-National levels. It became fashionable in policy circles some 10-15 years ago to talk of the ‘porous’ nature of modern sovereignty. The G20 has effectively replaced the G8 (formerly G7) as the centrepiece of global governance in the economic sphere. It is, I believe, a profoundly positive shift. The idea that the…

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The value of freedom can’t be assessed

Indians around the world will mark the independence of their motherland on August 15. Festivities would include flag hoisting, rendition of patriotic songs, cultural programmes, ‘at home’ parties and much more. We have carried a few reports of the events held in Auckland in this issue. Notwithstanding the oft-repeated criticism that successive federal governments have failed to address the real…

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Key applauds Indian business community

Prime Minister John Key has paid tributes to the Indian business community in New Zealand, saying that Indian businesses have been strong and strategic partners in the progress of the country. “Businesses should grow with New Zealand and we need good investors. Our country offers the right environment and incentives for foreign investors,” he said, speaking at the official opening…

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