Export goals unmet while work lags desires

Export goals unmet while work lags desires
Port of Tauranga critically needs to expand. (Image: Alex Cairns)
Cameron Bagrie
Exports now stand at less than 25% of gross domestic product. We are running a large trade and current account deficit. Exports form a major part of New Zealand’s economic base.The National party has a goal to double exports in the next 10 years. The reasoning is simple. Trade and exports are part of the economic base that finances our wellbeing.Doubling our exports requires a compound growth rate of 7.2% a year. Conceptually it’s achievable. Inflation should get you one-third of the way, which serves to highlight that nom...

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