Free Trade Agreement Update: CPTPP

Hon. David Parker (Minister of Trade and Export Growth) and Vangelis Vitalis (Deputy Secretary Trade & Economic for Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade) present an update on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and other current and upcoming trade negotiations. 

The presentation will be followed by a questions and answer opportunity and time for networking with refreshments provided.

This event is free to attend, and is open to members and non-members of the Chamber.



Hon. David Parker
Minister for Economic Development, Environment, and Trade and Export Growth
Associate Minister of Finance

David ParkerIn his earlier years, David was a managing and litigation partner in South Island law firm Anderson Lloyd. He was also involved in many businesses, including innovative bio-tech export start-ups A2 Corporation, BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen, as well as in more traditional industries. He is an experienced CEO and company director.

David was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and served as Minister of Energy, Climate Change, Transport, State Services, Attorney-General, and Land Information under Helen Clark’s Government. In Opposition, he served as Deputy Leader, Shadow Attorney General, and in Finance, Economic Development and various other roles. His focus has always been, and remains, on delivering prosperity and fairer economic outcomes for all New Zealanders.



Vangelis Vitalis
Deputy Secetary Trade & Economic for Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Vangelis Circle PhotoVangelis returned to Wellington in 2017 having been New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva since August 2015. In addition to his role as Deputy Secretary, Vangelis is also the Chief Negotiator for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

While in Geneva, Vangelis was elected in a personal capacity to chair the WTO agriculture negotiations, including to the Nairobi WTO Ministerial Conference during which he helped draft the historic Ministerial Decision on Export Competition which eliminated agricultural export subsidies and established new disciplines on export credits. In his role as chair Vangelis also helped draft the Ministerial Decision on Cotton which eliminated export subsidies for cotton.‎



Martin Harvey
Lead Negotiator, Trade and Economic Group Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Martin Harvey CircleMartin Harvey took up his appointment as Lead Negotiator in the Trade and Economic Group in April 2017. He is currently responsible for New Zealand’s FTA processes with the European Union and with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

 Mr Harvey has worked extensively in the area of trade policy, including Closer Economic Relations (CER) with Australia, the GATT Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, the WTO, EU trade relations and more recently on a range of free trade agreement negotiations.  From 2004 to 2007, Mr Harvey was lead negotiator for New Zealand’s FTAs with ASEAN and Malaysia, and he also led negotiations with the GCC from 2007 to their conclusion in October 2009.  From 2012-14, he was lead negotiator for the Korea-New Zealand FTA.


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Monday 19 February


5.30pm - 7.30pm


The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street






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