Meta and Material: 303

May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

A graduate course in as few a lessons as I can make it, via this blog. Learnings, leanings and laffs included. Enjoy!

Basmati rice will undergo a mypreference treatment in the next wee while. Mainly because I’d like to walk myself and my readers into its staple food significance. For Asia and the world. As well as littul ould me.

H/T: RNZ

Earlier in May, the US pharmaceutical lobby called on its trade negotiators to include changes to Pharmac in the talks.
A fortnight ago, the US Trade Representative’s office for the first time included New Zealand in a list of countries with poor intellectual property protections.
That report labelled Pharmac as a hurdle for US pharmaceutical companies selling to New Zealand.

In the same link you will also discover the commentable PM Key saying:—

“New Zealand won’t sign up to an agreement unless it believes it’s overall in New Zealand’s best interests to do so.
“There will always be some give and take in every agreement and every relationship that we have.”

Agreement..? Hey, what had I missed? Had my favorite news outlet let me down.? I wondered.. and what such comment must pass high-level kiwi lips in terms of “overall” and “give and take” and non-elite expressions etc. And then well, some trade-off could be in the offing.

Was that a clue — trade? Okay, so what ranks high-level trade..?? WTO (World Trade Organisation and, as at least one kiwi hath found regarding WTO — lasciate ogui speranza, voi ch’entrate )*

But wait, hadn’t the Doha Round stuttered and stumbled to a stop! What then…Ah yes, well mebbe, the bilateral NZ/US trade wannabe.. ?

Then again how about the Transpacific Partnership (TPP)..? [ H/T: USTrade Rep. Hon. Ron Kirk, who back in 09 pointed out PBO’s vision in pursuing better trade than strictly through the WTO. More grassroots and up stuff ]

Which if you happen to be a meta-thinker — loosely means ( there’s enough lingo-learning in here for one day!) the inside story — suggests some pushing and shoving is going on between the absolutelies@WTO and anythingspossible@TPP.

Small aside for its amusement: didn’t you always wonder why a commendable PM Key holidayed Hawai and came back to appoint the above-latinated Mr Moore, a former WTO ceo and kiwi Opposition Party leader to Ambassador for NZ in Washington.? An offer long-sufferers would not refuse. Masochistic more than sadistic—Nay! Simply laffable.

So here we are at the absolute vs anything battle.

The quote above of PM Key fits the deliberate language looseness used by members of the latter. And, illustrating the former we find labellers – in this case of Pharmac – unwilling to lift their game and/or grant intelligent exceptions because of one law for all rules. All games. On all fields. Bugger the players!

tbc …

Next: moving through to the local referee conference, as it were, wherein bright concern for the aforementioned players hath been conducted though lacking insights from all sides.. I’ll address several of those..

ps: passing shot (I must unto the weekend hasten) is from John T who writes re a new World Bank Report. Concern is expressed there about the buck’s slide, he says, but his clip had a good deal more relevance and merit. Here tis:—

The greenback will be replaced by a multi-currency system made up of the dollar, the euro, and the Chinese renminbi. The evolution will be driven by a sharp rise in third party international trade, direct investment, and mergers and acquisitions. Global multinationals based in the developed world will play a diminishing role on the world stage.

[ my highlighting – which is to say how those seers of absolutely are on notice – impending advice: be aware and careful of your partners in any PPP standup. mebbe they’ll be needing you more than you’ll be needing them 🙂 ]

* all hope abandon ye who enter here, literally.

Tom

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