Hon John Key Prime Minister Of New Zealand
[1995: Merrill Lynch Head of Asian foreign exchange (Singapore), promoted 1995 to Merrill Lynch Global Head of Foreign Exchange (London), Member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2001]
Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 26 May 2009:
"The move toward a single economic market is an attempt to really integrate the investment protocols and also ultimately the behind the border issues that utlimately both countries face" An Asia-Pacific Union"
"The medium term challenge for both countries is actually to be fully integrated into Asia"
"Quite what the future opportunities will look like is not yet clear. But compared with 75 years ago the international landscape is vastly different, and in many ways more conducive to achieving the global solution the OECD Secretary-General called for."
"We are engaged in an FTA negotiation with Korea. And, of course, we have just signed an FTA with the ten ASEAN nations, which potentially connects New Zealand to the embryonic single market in East Asia (CEPEA).
New Zealand must be part of a web of bilateral and plurilateral trade links that are being established throughout the Asia-Pacific region."
"We need to be plugged into the security arrangements that govern peace and stability in the region. These are multilateral arrangements, but our bilateral security relationships in the region are also important. New Zealand has a strong interest in robust US engagement in the region."
"The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) is the plurilateral framework that will underpin the future development of trade across the region. This agreement envisages a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island countries."
"When we met in March, Kevin Rudd and I set out an ambitious agenda of initiatives. To build prosperity, we want to break down barriers at the borders, whether for investment, tourism, or for people flows. We want to erode barriers behind the borders, by exploring further harmonisation on climate change, science and innovation and domestic regulation where that makes sense. And we want to tackle barriers to prosperity beyond our borders, by promoting open markets and healthy capital flows around the world.
When I go to Australia again in August, Kevin Rudd and I will review progress on those initiatives, and set new goals towards creating a truly single, economic market. The importance of that in raising New Zealand’s performance and productivity cannot be understated."
It is reliably reported that five years before he became Prime Minister, he got drunk and gloated that he had been chosen to be a Prime Minister of NZ and would be groomed and steered into place.