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Business Partnership Agenda

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Partnering with business to develop a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.

Introduction from Finance Minister Grant Robertson

The Coalition Government’s goal is to improve the wellbeing and living standards of all New Zealanders. Economic growth and a thriving business sector are essential means towards this end.

That is why the Government is working in partnership with business to shape a modern economy that is fit for purpose for the 21st century and beyond. This requires new thinking on how to leverage the opportunities, and face the challenges, presented by the changing nature of work, the changing global economy and issues like climate change.

It also requires a new, invigorated partnership with business.

We are working with business on the key issues they have raised with us, including skills and education, improving workplace productivity, enhanced access to export markets, and improved infrastructure.

Together, we can drive the changes necessary to support current and future generations of New Zealanders. I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve this.

Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance


What we're doing together


R&D tax incentive – Budget 2018 put forward $1 billion for an R&D tax incentive which is being designed with input from the business community. We are also developing a broader Research, Science and Innovation Strategy, and enhancing MBIE’s Innovative Partnerships scheme to encourage international businesses to set up in New Zealand.

You can click here for public consultation information. Submissions closed on 1 June 2018.

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