Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has today launched a new guide for potential investors highlighting opportunities in the Māori economy. Speaking at the He kai kei aku ringa – E RERE Māori economy conference in Rotorua, Mr Bridges told the audience that Māori have huge potential to lift the New Zealand economy. “Māori are a young and growing population who will form a large part of our future workforce. Māori control over $15 billion in assets, with significant land holdings, and are diversifying in to other high value sectors,” Mr Bridges says. “Investors are interested in partnering with Māori, and…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:36

New Consul-General to Hong Kong announced

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Carl Worker as New Zealand’s next Consul-General in Hong Kong, a role he has held previously. “New Zealand has a close relationship with Hong Kong with thriving trade, investment and finance links,” Mr Brownlee says. “As New Zealand’s 10th largest export market with total exports of $1.15 billion last year, Hong Kong is an important commercial and investment market for New Zealand companies. “New Zealand has had over 39,000 visitor arrivals from Hong Kong last year. “We also have a very successful trade agreement with Hong Kong, the Closer Economic Partnership, which has…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:35

New Ambassador to Mexico announced

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has today named diplomat Mark Sinclair as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Mexico. “Mexico is an important partner for New Zealand as we look to establish a stronger New Zealand presence throughout Latin America,” Mr Brownlee says. “Mexico has consistently been one of our largest trading partners in the region, and we share a strong commitment to trade liberalisation and regional economic integration. “We look forward to further advancing our relationship through trade, economic, agricultural and cultural links,” Mr Brownlee says. Mr Sinclair is currently Ambassador for Climate Change and was previously Ambassador to Japan.…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:34

New Ambassador to China announced

New Zealand's next ambassador to China will be Clare Fearnley, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. “New Zealand’s relationship with China is one of our most important. In its 45th year, it encompasses areas as diverse as economic, trade, climate change, defence, legal, cultural and educational cooperation,” Mr Brownlee says. “Two-way trade reached a new high of $23 billion in 2016, and both sides have set the ambitious target of $30 billion by 2020. “Our free trade agreement has been an incredible success, with trade between our two countries tripling since 2008. Upgrade negotiations now under way promise to set…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:27

New Ambassador to Germany announced

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Rupert Holborow as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Germany. “New Zealand enjoys an excellent relationship with Germany, with extensive political, trade, scientific and tourism links,” Mr Brownlee says. “Germany is an influential member of the European Union, and we work together closely at the United Nations on global issues such as human rights, disarmament, security and climate change. “Germany is also a major trading partner for New Zealand. Two-way trade amounts to over $3 billion per year, and Germany’s ongoing support for a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union is critical to…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:46

Renewed Policy Targets Agreement signed

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and incoming Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer today signed a renewed Policy Targets Agreement (PTA), which sets out specific targets for maintaining price stability. The Policy Targets Agreement takes effect on 27 September 2017, after Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler completes his term on 26 September 2017. It will apply from 27 September 2017 until 26 March 2018. There is no change from the existing agreement which requires the Reserve Bank to keep future CPI inflation outcomes between 1 per cent and 3 per cent on average over the medium term, with a focus on…
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today welcomed the appointment of a New Zealander to an important role at the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has confirmed the appointment of New Zealander Jan Beagle to the position of Under-Secretary-General for Management for a term of four years. “This is a significant role with the United Nations given the new Secretary-General‘s reform priorities. It is one of a handful of very senior roles within the UN Secretariat,” Mr Brownlee says. “As the Secretary-General noted in making the appointment, Ms Beagle has had a distinguished career in the United Nations serving…
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says New Zealand is to remove restrictions around cannabidiol (CBD), in line with international developments. CBD is a substance found in cannabis that has potential therapeutic value. It has little or no psychoactive properties, yet it is currently a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. “At present CBD products for therapeutic use are only available if approval is given by the Ministry of Health. “I have taken advice from the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) that CBD should not be a controlled drug and am pleased Cabinet has now accepted my recommendation…
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today handed over four amphibious boats to the Fiji National Disaster Management Office at a ceremony in Suva. “New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to trial the Sealegs boats in emergency response situations and natural disasters,” Mr Brownlee says. “Amphibious boats do not require infrastructure to launch, which means the emergency responders will be able to get the vessels in the water more quickly and operate more effectively in flooded urban environments. “Fiji’s emergency responders will use the vessels to reach stranded people, as well as to get support and supplies to people who have…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:18

NZ welcomes US Secretary of State visit

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the announcement that United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit New Zealand next week. Secretary Tillerson will meet with Prime Minister Bill English and Minister Brownlee in Wellington on June 6. “New Zealand and the United States enjoy a long-standing friendship,” Mr Brownlee says. “We share a deep interest in maintaining peace, prosperity and stability in the Asia Pacific region and we have worked closely together to counter terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United States is our third-largest individual trading partner. “We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s visit as a chance to…
Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe will tomorrow travel to Germany to attend the 2017 International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit of Transport Ministers. The Summit is being held from 31 May -2 June and will bring together members from approximately 57 countries to explore the trends shaping transport governance and to identify the most pressing challenges in the global transport sector. “I look forward to being able to further strengthen the connections we have with our international counterparts and to be part of shaping the transport policy agenda on a global level,” Mr Macindoe says. Mr Macindoe will be speaking on…
Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:44

PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today. “Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join,” Mr English says. “The TPP remains valuable both economically and strategically for New Zealand. It will improve access for our exporters and lower tariffs around the Asia-Pacific.” Mr English and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a number of key bilateral issues, and shared their concerns on regional and…
1. Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017. The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New Zealand and Japan founded on common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as a strong commitment to peace and security, free trade and investment, and sustainable development. 2. The two leaders acknowledged the success and maturity of New Zealand –Japan relationship at all levels, reflecting strong cooperation over many years. 3. The two…
Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:44

PM to visit Japan and Hong Kong

Prime Minister Bill English will travel to Japan next week to meet with Prime Minister Abe to discuss a range of global and regional issues, before travelling to Hong Kong to promote New Zealand’s economic and trade interests. “I am looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Abe and discussing a wide range of issues, including trade and security, and initiatives our two countries are working on together in food, education, sport and defence,” Mr English says. “Strengthening our trade and economic links with Japan will be a focus, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “New Zealand has long-standing and strong ties…
ABU DHABI - Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has held a telephone conversation with Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, congratulating him on his appointment. During the telephone conversation, Shaikh Abdullah expressed his happiness as New Zealand announced that it joined the list of countries that have signalled their participation in Expo 2020 Dubai. Shaikh Abdullah and Brownlee also discussed joint cooperation relations between the UAE and New Zealand and means of boosting them. |  A Gulf News release  ||  May 09, 2017   |||
New Ambassador to Iraq announced Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has today named Bradley Sawden as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Iraq. New Zealand established an Embassy in Baghdad in 2015 to support New Zealand and Australia’s joint ‘Building Partner Capacity’ mission. “This mission has trained over 20,000 Iraqi police and army personnel who are on the frontlines of the fight against Daesh,” Mr Brownlee says. “Mr Sawden will be charged with supporting New Zealand’s non-combat training mission to Iraq and assessing how we can continue to support and build relations with the Iraqi government. “In addition to leading New…
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has wasted no time dealing with the diplomatic intricacies of his new role, reaching out to Israel and advocating for Kiwis' rights in Australia. He spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the difficulty of following in Murray McCully's footsteps, and the legacy he leaves behind in Christchurch. Gerry Brownlee, natural diplomat? The reaction of some to his appointment as Foreign Minister is perhaps no surprise - after all, this is the man who took it upon himself to insult the people of Finland during a parliamentary debate. However, take into account Brownlee’s experience as defence…
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 08:50

New Ambassador to France appointed

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Jane Coombs as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France. “New Zealand’s relationship with France is one of our most long-standing and vibrant, and it remains an important partner within the European Union,” Mr McCully says. “Since 2014, we have been jointly commemorating both the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the death of thousands of New Zealand soldiers on French soil. “France is one of our major trading partners in Europe and our relationship will prove important in our forthcoming negotiations for an FTA with the EU. “The Ambassador to France…
Friday, 28 April 2017 19:53

Emmanuel Macron is Gallic John Key

Only age and hemispheres separate the identical twins of Social Democracy  Slight of build and with their perma-grins they even look alike. The two clever sticks share similar backgrounds, give a zig-zag or two. Both are outsiders who put themselves on the inside – and both entered party politics at the same age Mr Macron is from a wealthy professional family and he went into the Socialist Party. Mr Key is from a working background and he went into the conservative National Party. Both made their name and fortunes in big name investment banking, Mr Macron with Rothschild. Mr Key…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:38

New Zealand supporting dam safety in Vietnam

New Zealand is funding a five-year $5.4 million project to help Vietnam reduce dam-related flooding on the Ca River. New Zealand is funding a five-year project to reduce dam-related flooding in Vietnam. The two countries have launched a $5.4 million initiative focusing on the 1000km Ca River. The aim is to halve the death toll from flooding on the river and reduce associated economic losses by 30 per cent by 2021. Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand will be sharing its expertise in water engineering and natural hazard management. Issues include effective assessment of dams most in need of…
Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully. In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. Mr Mitchell has been promoted to Cabinet. Tim Macindoe, a former chairman of the justice and electoral select committee and National’s senior whip since the 2014 election, and…
Report coverThe Government’s failure to index tax brackets to inflation since 2010 now costs the average Kiwi income earner almost $500 each year according to a new report released today by the Taxpayers’ Union. The report, "5 Options for Tax Relief in 2017", models five options to deliver meaningful tax relief packages which could be part of Budget 2017 with fiscal implications of $3 billion or less. The report is available for viewing and download at www.taxpayers.org.nz/5_options. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “The National Government likes to talk the talk on lower taxes, but this report shows very…
Monday, 06 March 2017 10:07

McCully to visit the Gulf

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to the Gulf region this weekend for meetings in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain. “Our relationships with this important region are growing at a great pace and my visit will be an opportunity to continue discussions about priority areas, including the NZ-GCC FTA, regional security issues and cooperation in areas such as renewable energy,” Mr McCully says. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, is New Zealand’s eighth largest trading partner, with annual two-way trade exceeding $3.2 billion NZ dollars. “The relationship with the…
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Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston and other Ministers are in Gisborne today for the release of the Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan, highlighting the Government’s support for the region. The plan has been developed by Tairāwhiti people for the community and represents a shared investment in the future. The plan’s development was led by the Tairāwhiti Action Plan Governance Group and is supported through the Government’s Regional Growth Programme. It articulates opportunities identified by the region and represents their priorities for the next five years. “Growing Tairāwhiti tourism to attract more visitors, upgrading state highways,…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:24

McCully to visit Cook Islands

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to the Cook Islands this week to undertake a range of meetings, including with Prime Minister Henry Puna and his Cabinet. “My discussions with Prime Minister Puna and his Cabinet will cover a range of matters including New Zealand’s support to the Cook Island’s tourism sector, which accounts for over 60% of national GDP,” Mr McCully says. “Ensuring the ongoing health of the tourism sector is a top priority in our partnership. For this reason, New Zealand has committed to projects designed to improve sanitation and water quality infrastructure, specifically in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.”…
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the signing of a ground breaking bilateral international science agreement between New Zealand and Australia at the Leaders’ meetings in Queenstown today. The Australia – New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement is a commitment to valuable collaboration across the innovation and science systems, and between researchers and innovative companies, on both sides of the Tasman. “International agreements bring new knowledge, ideas, people, technology and investment into New Zealand’s science and innovation system. These partnerships also contribute to the export of the unique research and innovation generated in New Zealand,” says…
Bloomberg View columnist Terry Cowen writes What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over his country’s right-wing party and swing it in a more interventionist direction? Meet Robert Muldoon, prime minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984. For all the comparisons of President Donald Trump to Mussolini or various unsavory Latin American leaders, Muldoon is a clearer parallel case. Some of the similarities are striking. Muldoon often made rude or unusually frank comments about…
The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the $23 million windfall return to internet billionaire Peter Thiel in a corporate welfare sweetheart deal with the Government-owned New Zealand Venture Investment Fund shows why the Government’s programmes of corporate welfare should be shut down as part of this year’s budget. Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says: “This is exactly what we have been accusing the Government of, and Steven Joyce has been denying, for many years. If corporate welfare deals go sour most of the costs land on taxpayers. This most recent example shows that even when ventures…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:10

Speech to Rotary Club of Auckland

Good afternoon, My thanks to the Rotary Club of Auckland, and in particular President Andrew Aitken and the Rotary team for hosting this event. I also want to acknowledge Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett and Finance Minister Steven Joyce, who are here today. Both of them are doing great work on behalf of New Zealanders. Special guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming today. The start of the year is the time to stand back and look at how we’re doing as a country. New Zealand is a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. We aren’t…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:56

General Election to be held on 23 Sept, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English has announced this year’s General Election will be held on Saturday, 23 September. “As we have done in previous election years I am announcing the election date early as I believe it’s important to provide the country with some certainty and that it’s in everyone’s best interest to have plenty of notice.” National will be campaigning on its strong record in Government and will go into the election with a positive and ambitious programme that will back New Zealanders to succeed. “I am proud of what we are achieving for New Zealanders,” says Mr English. “Our…
Under fire for misguided hand-outs, government dithered instead of issuing instant public health warning When Muhammad Ali visited New Zealand even boxing aficionados failed to recognise his traveling companion Jimmy Ellis (pictured) the former champ. Ellis shrunken in size and bent over we know now was then in the grip of dementia pugilistica. Muhammad Ali was shortly afterward himself to start succumbing to the effects of his pugilistic career. The willingness at the end of last year for government cabinet members even to entertain the notion of public funds being devoted to a professional boxing spectacle in Auckland implicitly supported…
Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:30

Employment Relations Authority appointment

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenni-Maree Trotman as a new Member of the Employment Relations Authority (the Authority). The Authority performs a very important role in New Zealand’s employment relations system, investigating and working to resolve employment relationship problems. “Ms Trotman is an experienced employment lawyer who will join the Auckland office for a term of three years,” says Mr Woodhouse. “The breadth of Ms Trotman’s work and particular strength in commercial law will be a real asset to the Authority. “I have no doubt that her skills will complement those…
Monday, 23 January 2017 09:21

Mt Albert by-election Saturday 25 February

A by-election to elect a new Member of Parliament for the general electorate of Mt Albert will be held in New Zealand on Saturday 25 February 2017. More information    
UAE, January 18, 2017 - H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy (MOE), affirmed that the economic relations between the UAE and New Zealand continue to grow and are expected to develop further as the two countries aspire to strengthen cooperation in a number of economic sectors of common interest and prioritized within their respective development plans. The announcement came during a meeting between the UAE Minister of Economy and H.E. Todd McClay, New Zealand Minister of Trade, and his accompanying delegation at the MOE’s Dubai headquarters. Both parties demonstrated the potentials of increasing trade and…
Monday, 09 January 2017 08:47

PM to travel to Brussels, London and Berlin

Prime Minister Bill English will travel to Brussels, London and Berlin next week to meet with leaders to discuss issues including trade and security. “This is an opportunity to exchange views on a range of issues facing Europe and the world, and to reaffirm that New Zealand remains a committed friend and partner,” Mr English says. “The focus of my trip will be to advance New Zealand business and trade opportunities in the region, including starting the negotiations on an FTA with the European Union this year.” In Brussels, Mr English will meet with the three Presidents of the EU…
Monday, 19 December 2016 07:17

PM announces new Cabinet line-up

Prime Minister Bill English has today announced his new Cabinet line-up which builds on the success of the last eight years and provides new ideas and energy heading into election year. “Over the last eight years National has provided a strong and stable Government which is delivering strong results for New Zealanders,” says Mr English. “This refreshed Ministerial team builds on that success and provides a mix of new people, alongside experienced Ministers either continuing their roles or taking up new challenges. “This new Ministry is focused on providing prosperity, opportunity and security for all Kiwis, including the most vulnerable…
Ethnic Communities Portfolio is Gesture to New Zealand First ties Judith Collins held the police portfolio before the reshuffle, along with Corrections, but she has lost them both and picked up Revenue, Energy and Resources, and Ethnic Communities. She has also been moved down two places on the Cabinet rankings, but new prime minister Bill English insisted she had not been demoted in the cabinet shuffle. We foresaw this tactical re-assignment.. Our report last Monday, a week ago...... Monday, 12 December 2016 07:54NZ National Government new Co-Leaders Curb Rebels Day one of the Dream Team means coping with problems before…
Day one of the Dream Team means coping with problems before they become bigger problems and in politics this means people which is what the word politics actually means. Top priority is hardly surprisingly Mrs Judith Collins MP, minister of police. The new team knows that Mrs Collins must be kept in the tent and also kept busy, very busy. Mrs Collins demonstrated her determination of purpose when she reached for the top job and did so without any support from the National government’s king-makers, people such as Murray McCully MP or of enforcers such as Steven Joyce MP, the…
Friday, 09 December 2016 13:33

National Government Dream Team Debuts

Duo master every contingency. But honeymoon will be brief The pending official emergence of the new top two at the helm of New Zealand’s National government confirms the National Party’s routine boast that it represents the cross section of the nation’s electorate. The new top team of Bill English and Paula Bennett has been crafted by outgoing premier John Key with the active assent of his leading lieutenants, notably Murray McCully, the foreign minister – strategist. Paula Bennett who will emerge Monday at the National Party’s caucus-coronation personifies the National Party’s operational formula of being all things to all people.…
Restores National Party traditional era of Farmer- Prime Minister Bill English will be the first farmer prime minister since Jim Bolger. In selecting him for the top slot the National Party reinstates and restores a line which gave the appearance of becoming extinct. Mr English will remain as prime minister at least until after the next general election. With the Brexit/Trump syndrome in such recent memory the National Party will not make the mistake of assessing Mr English’s electoral popularity or otherwise prior to the 2017 general election on the basis of media opinion or poll samplings. Mr English’s party…
Departing Premier Emphasises status as non-professional politician In the end his trader’s instinct told him that the market for John Key futures had reached its zenith and that it was thus time to quit the position. It was John Key’s good luck to take up New Zealand’s portfolio of prime minister at the precise time that a baby-boomer backbone electorate tired of an extended doctrinal politics and instead required the stability needed to catapult them into an easy retirement. John Key anticipated by a decade the dismay with professional politicians that is so evident today and he now brought to…
Wellington, Nov 29 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks on Tuesday with Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, on ways to advance bilateral ties in the economic, trade and defence fields. The talks, held at the Parliament in Wellington, also dealt with the two countries' efforts to expand cooperation and the prospect of Jordan benefiting from New Zealand's expertise in agriculture, renewable energy, education and other sectors. Further, both sides agreed to stimulate the private sector in both countries to exchange visits to explore investment opportunities in the different sectors. In their discussion of efforts to…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:57

Genetics and the vote

The psychology behind voting: What makes you tick.   As Americans prepared for an unprecedented election and Brits continue to reel from the Brexit fallout, Joanne Black looked at the psychology and genetics of how we vote in a recent edition of The Listener. Entertainment, puzzlement call it what you may but this latest round of presidential elections in the US have transfomed  politics into a form of entertainment no matter the seriousness of the outcome. Continue to the full article
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:46

To The Beehive

The UK and Brexit then the US and Trumplections  - what is happening in the political arena?  So will the coming months see a change inhow the election message is delivered to the voters in New Zealand for the 2017 elections?  Is  MMP strong enough to weed out the Trumps of this world? Of course time will duly deliver the answers but meanwhile ahead is an  interesting time of rhetoric, promiseswrapped in appealing packaging, the ridiculous, the practical and  the preposterous, its all part of the game hopefullythe rules will see the country end up with positive governance in place…
Monday, 07 November 2016 16:33

ACT Predicts Trump Victory

New Zealand Party’s forecast based on own pre-election analysis   New Zealand’s ACT Party predicts without qualification that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. The political party’s newsletter Free Press states flatly that “Clinton is bombing out.” The party simultaneously forecasts that the “fallout” from Mr Trump’s election “will be like Brexit.” It will be “terrifying the day before and unnoticed the day after.” The party’s Trump prediction is based on its own pre-election soundings in the lead up to New Zealand’s own general elections. The party does not amplify this demographic or statistical analysis.…
Tapie Affair Opens Door of Opportunity for Kiwi   A door of opportunity has unexpectedly opened to enable New Zealand prime Minister John Key tomaintain his upward trajectory in the form of becoming managing director of the International Monetary Fund. The present managing director of the IMF Christine Lagarde (pictured) has become inextricably enmeshed in France’s Tapie Affair and has been ordered to stand trial for her alleged part in it.This coincides with a move to place a non-European official at the helm of the IMF. This originally came about in order to position someone from a BRICs nation at…