Groser for WTO?

August 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

 Trade Minister has to decide whether he wants to throw his hat into the ring for the director general role at the World Trade Organisation, John Key says.

The prime minister said a number of countries had expressed an interest in Groser applying for the position and New Zealand would support him if he did.”That is obviously a big call and a big step.”

Groser would need to consider it.

“If that happened and he decided to put his name in the ring then the New Zealand Government would give him 100 per cent support.”

He would be a “magnificent” leader of the , Key said, but added it was a tough battle for the top job.

“It’s not easy to get over the line and it would be challenging but there certainly is a number of countries internationally that are interested in supporting Tim Groser and have approached him.”

Tim would be a big loss from Cabinet if he did stand for and become WTO Director-General. But he could do more good in that role, so I hope he does stand. There may be some resistance though to a Kiwi being the 6th WTO Director-General, just a decade after another Kiwi was the 3rd Director-General.

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19 Responses to “Groser for WTO?”

  1. tvb (4,512 comments) says:

    I do not think this will happen for a number of reasons including it is not our turn. But I do not think he has the management skills for such a position.

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  2. RRM (10,020 comments) says:

    To my shame I know less than nothing about Tim Groser.

    By the sound of things he’s quite the man?

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  3. Chris2 (770 comments) says:

    Regardless of his skills, I actually regard it as rather selfish move – committing to being a member of the NZ Parliament for three years and then just 10 months into his term fucking off to something more lucrative. No different to Helen Clark.

    If he were an Electorate MP in a marginal seat his masters would not allow him to do this.

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  4. BeaB (2,148 comments) says:

    Chris 2 Surely we would want to consider the greater good – where his undoubted talents are best used, rather than a narrow-minded adherence to the letter of some imagined law.

    And of course Helen clark did us all a huge service by buggering off. Who in their right minds would have wanted her to stay?

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  5. flipper (4,205 comments) says:

    The WTO, unlike the silly UN, does not have “turns”.

    Groser has the international standing and intellect (the red melons in Parliament have experienced, to their acute discomfort, his tounge and wit) to get the job for a full term.

    Mike Moore made his name in Ministerial negotiations. Groser made his name as a detail man where he worked with many other nations, BEFORE he entered Parliament/Cabinet.

    If he goes, it will be an interesting campaign.

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  6. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I don’t rate Groser – I doubt he could win an electorate seat.

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  7. RRM (10,020 comments) says:

    Far out, heaven forbid the guy should be interested in moving up to a job with better pay huh?

    What about his duty to the Mother State?

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  8. BeaB (2,148 comments) says:

    Gosh Hamnida That’s a big surprise. Like to tell us your outstanding record in global trade negotiations and why Tim doesn’t measure up to you?

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  9. rg (214 comments) says:

    Groser is the Minister of Climate Change Issues, he oversees the Emission Trading Scam, why would he be missed?

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  10. virtualmark (1,537 comments) says:

    Hamnida,

    I don’t rate Groser – I doubt he could win an electorate seat.

    So presumably you also don’t rate Jacinda Ardern, Andrew Little, Charles Chauvel, Clayton Cosgrove etc and the entire Green Party. Because forget about just having doubts, we KNOW for sure they can’t win an electorate seat.

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  11. thedavincimode (6,877 comments) says:

    virtualmark

    Well of course, there is another reason he doesn’t rate Adern – she doesn’t have children.

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  12. Viking2 (11,568 comments) says:

    And of course the “Whisky Cabinet” will be bigger at the WTO. :lol:

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  13. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Cosgrove has won an electorate seat.

    I don’t rate Groser because of the the secretive way he conducts trade negotiations. This includes thinking he has the mandate to negotiate around New Zealand’s right to legislate as a sovereign state. Groser’s use use of ‘Chatham House Rules’ at meetings makes it difficult for New Zealand tax payers to hold him to account.

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  14. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Viking2 – I wasn’t going to mention the drinking, but I have sat near Groser at the airport on a few occasions and I wouldn’t describe his alcohol consumption as a strong point.

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  15. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Hamnida,

    Unless Groser was in a negotiation session with you, or anyone else, at the time, I would say it is none of your damn business. Perhaps he is genetically disposed to be able to handle alcohol more efficiently than you.

    By the way, your English would appear to have improved immeasurably over the past week. Have you been on language courses?

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  16. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    bhudson – I may have attended one or two English language courses.

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  17. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Hamnida,

    Well done. It’s almost like you’re a different person.

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  18. Komata (1,202 comments) says:

    Not a chance he’ll get it – he’s not a socialist (and Helun ISN’T his fwend)

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  19. Ross12 (1,454 comments) says:

    If the rumours about Groser being the source of the leaked Mfat papers are correct then the Cabinet would ( and should ) be pleased to see the back of him.

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