Catherine Graham

Economic Division Manager, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

What are New Zealand’s opportunities and challenges in light of an increasingly complex trade environment? Catherine Graham has over twenty years of experience in both the private and public sector. Within MFAT, she has had a posting to New Zealand’s embassy in Moscow and spent five years working on trade negotiations including the WTO Doha Round and various Free Trade Agreements. She will talk on brewing trade wars and what New Zealand’s response should be.


9.00 am – 9.45 am

Trade Trends Panel

  • Update on where trade deals are at (EU FTA, CPTPP, Pacific Alliance, Brexit) and what are our opportunities and challenges?
  • Interpreting USA trade policy and what we can expect next?
  • Agricultural market access is always the biggest sticking point in any FTA negotiations. How will this playout when it comes to the FTA’s with the EU and UK? What will be the biggest sensitivities and what trade-offs are likely?