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ExportNZ Election Manifesto

Tuesday 25 October 2011, 12:59PM
By Business NZ
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ExportNZ has released its election manifesto to all political parties today in the lead up to the 2011 election.

Executive Director of ExportNZ, Catherine Beard, says our exports as a percentage of GDP have been declining since 2005, so all political parties should have some proactive policies in place that are supportive of exporting.

“With a very small domestic market of 4 million people, it is only through exporting that we will grow bigger companies that can employ more people and allow for a better standard of living for New Zealanders”, she said.

“An expanding export sector will help us pay our way in the world, whereas an expanding government / non-tradable sector will add to our debts”.

ExportNZ is recommending the best policy approach includes:

  • Continuing with the free trade agenda; in particular there is strong support for a regional free trade agreement like the Trans Pacific Partnership, and achieving an FTA with India.
  • Ensuring that exporters have an internationally competitive business environment in New Zealand, which includes competitive tax rates, flexible labour market and a reduction in regulatory compliance costs such as the RMA and the Emissions Trading Scheme.
  • Reduced government spending to take the pressure off inflation thereby keeping interest rates lower and the dollar lower.
  • Efficient and competitive domestic and international transport options.
  • Effective market development assistance for exporters.
  • Increased government contribution to investment in R & D to get closer to the OECD average.
  • A strategy to boost the availably of venture capital and to attract foreign direct investment.
  • A strategy to boost the leverage of companies, such as the facilitation of better collaboration between companies on-shore to compete offshore.
  • A plan to put exporting front and centre of all government activity in order to grow the economic pie; this includes the right content being offered in the education sector to encourage our next wave of entrepreneurs.


See the full policy here.