As mentioned in our last pānui, negotiations between Aotearoa and the UK are nearing an important milestone, where the Prime Ministers of each country have signalled that they want to bring forward free trade talks by some months.
The government recently announced a new, progressive procurement policy with a focus on Māori businesses. All government agencies are now required to have at least 5 percent of their total number of annual procurement contracts awarded to Māori businesses.
A hui held in Kerikeri today focuses on how Māori can influence Aotearoa’s current and future free trade negotiations with nations from around the world.
On behalf of the responsible ministers, MBIE is currently seeking expressions of interest for a range of board positions.