Groser nominated for WTO Director-General

December 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the Government’s nomination of Trade Minister for the job of World Trade Organisation director general.

Key said Groser’s name had been put forward to replace Pascal Lamy, whose successor must be agreed by the end of May.

The decides the rules for world trade.

“Given Tim Groser’s experience in trade, and the blend of both technical and political skills he brings to the table, I believe he is well-placed to advance the complex and challenging issues facing the WTO,” Key said.

“The organisation has a vital part to play in the global economy recovery.”

Former Labour Prime Minister Mike Moore is the only New Zealander to have held the position previously.

I think the vote is in April actually.

There is no doubt Groser is the best individual for the job, in my opinion. His appointment would be great for the WTO and great for liberalising trade.

However many countries do not vote for an individual, but vote for a country. The fact that Mike Moore was the Director-General in the 1990s means some may think NZ have had their turn.

If Groser does get the job, it means another mini-reshuffle for Cabinet on top of the one in January to replace David Carter becoming Speaker.

 

Tags: ,

17 Responses to “Groser nominated for WTO Director-General”

  1. flipper (3,274 comments) says:

    Actually David, Tim Groser would be a great loss to the Cabinet, since apart from J.Key and W.English, he is one of the few with real intellect.

    Should he miss out, there is a real job that urgently needs attention, a firm uyn biased hand, and diplomacy: Groser would be an ideal Minister of Justice. :)

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  2. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    Could you do a post on who replaces all the people who are leaving parliament for diplomatic positions?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  3. tvb (3,947 comments) says:

    I doubt he will get it. There is no doubt about the depth of his knowledge and experience. Not so sure about his management skills and his stability. But is worth a shot.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  4. Elaycee (4,089 comments) says:

    flipper:

    Groser would be an ideal Minister of Justice

    Heh…. you know that won’t happen – Collins will be retained. She will ride out the compensation claim and the subsequent aftermath (the gnashing of teeth accompanied with wailing from ‘you know who’)…

    All good. :D

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  5. Elaycee (4,089 comments) says:

    Oops – comment was not meant to be in bold. :(

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  6. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    If Groser does get the job, it means another mini-reshuffle for Cabinet on top of the one in January to replace David Carter becoming Speaker Hekia Parata as Minister of Education.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  7. Reid (15,603 comments) says:

    “The organisation has a vital part to play in the global economy recovery.”

    What surprises me is while many see the UN for the obvious NWO player which it is, many of the same people completely fail to see NATO, the EU, the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank as being other players in the same game.

    By their actions ye shall know them and any global organisation that seeks to degrade national sovereignty is in this category, regardless of how they seek to disguise their actions so the useful idiots don’t recognise them, whether this disguise is “human wights” or “economic fweedom” or “pwotection from the tewwowists.”

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  8. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    toad – No guarantee that she would be removed from cabinet anyway. In NZ, ministers may lose their job if there is a major lapse of judgement e.g. Ruth Dyson, Lianne Dalziel, Nick Smith. How often are ministers sacked from cabinet for being a poor performer within a parliamentary term? Winston’s sacking by Bolger in 1991 was one.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  9. bringbackdemocracy (350 comments) says:

    Rats leaving a sinking ship????/

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  10. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    REID…You omitted the biggest player of all in your organisations striving for new world order namely ‘Socialist Internationale’

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  11. flipper (3,274 comments) says:

    Elaycee…
    Good morning to you. The start of a better, less cintroversial, week?

    We could debate Collins for days, but not a thing you or I say, not an opinion expressed either way, by either of us, will undo the damage that she has created/done to her own political future.

    Collins has no rainbow coalition to support her Clark-like stance on criticism, and her disregard of contrary opinion. Moreover, National operates under a very different set of rules. So, no Groser will not replace Collins.

    But there are already rumblings afoot within Natiopnal. And senior legal fraternity (including some at Judicial level), I am told by one of them, is shocked/embarrassed by her actions. Afterall, those same folk attend international meetings where Binnie is held in high regard and Collins does not rate.

    All that being so, the following bumper sticker now being promoted by some observers might well be appropriate:

    National Party member, this morning promoting a new bumper sticker for the holiday season:

    “Collins for Education : The SSC for the knacker’s yard.”

    Makes sense, don’t you think? :)

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  12. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    Dream on Flipper re Collins and for every member of the legal fraternity who criticises her I can probably name half a dozen who support her while out there in voter land her stocks soar. Does anyone support your pin up girls Mahuta, Dyson, Street or poor Ms ‘Zip it’?

    Anyway, nice attempt to threadjack … fail. The appointment of the new WTO DG will not necessarily be merit based. Geo-political considerations may hold sway. If that is the case and with Mike Moore having held the position previously (albeit truncated) Tim Groser might be pushing s*** up hill.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  13. flipper (3,274 comments) says:

    Ross Miller

    No thread jack, no Labour Party bullshit by me, no “pin up girls(?), no ignorance, except on your part, Ross.
    It is bullshitting naifs like you, Ross, that give New Zealand a bad name.
    So, Ross, just reality! And all those six or so you say support Collins gauche apporoach. All fully paid up clowns in the JFRB group (s), are they not?

    Now, here is another bumber sticker: ” Ross Miller and the JFRB’s to the knackers yard”. :)

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  14. Viking2 (10,744 comments) says:

    And Ross should read this.
    http://blog.eternalvigilance.me/2012/12/my-report-on-fishers-report-on-binnies-report-on-the-david-bain-case/

    Off topic I know but worth the read cause it oputs a few things in the correct perspective.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  15. tvb (3,947 comments) says:

    I trust and respect Judith Collins. She knows whose arse to kick and seems to have very sound judgment. I respect that a lot.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  16. Viking2 (10,744 comments) says:

    Clearly then you prefer the State to control everything including your life. You belong with the Greens.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  17. Chuck Bird (4,415 comments) says:

    Collins will be retained. She will ride out the compensation claim and the subsequent aftermath (the gnashing of teeth accompanied with wailing from ‘you know who’)…

    She will more than ride it out. She will prove that unlike some she is prepared to do what is right not just what is popular.

    Wait till the next report comes out. I wonder if David will stick to his story about the goat.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.