The progressive and inclusive Trade For All Agenda – A forward-looking and wide-ranging conversation about the role of trade in New Zealand.

The Government is seeking input from New Zealanders to help develop a new progressive and inclusive 'Trade For All' trade agenda. Trade For All will help ensure that our trade policy delivers for all New Zealanders and contributes to addressing global and regional issues of concern, through genuine consultation.

The development of Trade For All will be an opportunity to hear, acknowledge, and respond to the concerns and interests of New Zealanders in an ever-more complex global trading environment. The agenda will look to pursue better market access for our exporters while maintaining a sustainable and inclusive national economic framework.

It will also be informed by a number of key principles, some of which are:

  • The creation of a genuine and enduring conversation with the public and key stakeholders around the future direction of New Zealand’s trade and inward investment policy.
  • An on-going process of consultation with Māori, consistent with their role as a Treaty partner.
  • Support for the international rules-based system; and support for multilateral negotiation as a first-best option for New Zealand, followed by open plurilateral free trade agreement negotiations.
  • Support for trade policy to contribute to maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks associated with global issues, including:
    • Environmental issues including climate change
    • Labour rights
    • Gender equity
    • the rights of indigenous peoples
    • SME participation in international markets

A work programme for public consultation and engagement is currently being designed and more information will be available as this process develops.

In the meantime, you can read the Minister for Trade and Export Growth's press release and the 'New Progressive and Inclusive Trade Agenda' Cabinet paper: