Magazine article New Zealand Management

Top 200 Thinking: John Key; Prime Minister of New Zealand

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Top 200 Thinking: John Key; Prime Minister of New Zealand

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As Prime Minister I've had the privilege of visiting many businesses throughout New Zealand. I've chatted to business leaders about the issues they're facing, the progress they're making, and the opportunities that lie ahead. I'm constantly impressed by the talent on display. Everywhere I go I meet outstanding entrepreneurs, learn about world-class products and services, and see great examples of business leadership.

New Zealand's future success ultimately relies on the success of these businesses up and down the country. They are creating the jobs, incomes, and return on investment that drives our economy and makes New Zealand such a great place to live.

The Government also has an important role to play. It's the Government's job to have a plan to navigate through the challenging global economic situation and create the right conditions for businesses to operate. We need to make sure New Zealand remains an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family.

That's exactly what this Government has been doing. I'm proud to lead a Government that is doing the right thing by New Zealanders. We have a plan to build the foundations for a stronger economy, and we've been implementing that plan since we came into office.

In these times of global uncertainty, New Zealand is relatively well placed compared to many other developed economies.

We are not immune from a slowdown in growth in the United States and Europe. But we're well positioned to benefit from our strong links to Asia, which is continuing to experience faster growth than the rest of the world.

This positive outlook is underpinned by strong commodity prices, strong links with our largest trading partner Australia, increased rates of savings, and stimulus provided by rebuilding after the Canterbury earthquakes and our earlier stimulus package.

While we face the same challenges as other trading nations, our biggest constraint is organising our economy effectively to meet increasing demand for our food products from middle-class Asian consumers. …

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