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New Zealand solicits public opinion on trade policies
Last Updated: 2018-08-07 07:05 | Xinhua
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The New Zealand government on Monday launched its Trade for All agenda and invited New Zealanders to have their say on what matters to them on trade policy and in trade agreements.

Trade policy is integral to the government's moves to modernize the economy and support businesses and exporters in the face of economic headwinds internationally, Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker said in a statement.

"Trade is crucial to this country's well-being and we want the benefits to flow to all New Zealanders, which is why we are pursuing our Trade for All agenda," Parker said, adding that benefits should flow to farmers and farm workers, to tech entrepreneurs and those who code the software.

New Zealand is "a trade-dependent nation with little power," and more than 620,000 people rely on exports for their livelihood, the minister said, adding the government already has a broad agenda of trade deals in the pipeline.

Parker said the government wants to hear people's views on how trade policy can help businesses succeed on the world stage, how it can grow the regions in general and the Maori economy in particular while promoting the rights of indigenous people and increasing women's participation in the trade sector.

The "Have Your Say on Trade for All" website opens on Monday where people can find more information and give their views, he said, adding that public meetings will be held throughout the country from mid-August to mid-October.

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