Chances, Choices and Challenges: New Zealand’s Response to Globalisation

14 August 2017

When faced with the chances, choices and challenges that globalisation brings, how should New Zealand respond – put up barriers or build bridges? In an upcoming UC Connect free public lecture, Chances, Choices and Challenges, Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf will discuss New Zealand’s response to globalisation.

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    Speaking at UC on Thursday, Gabriel Makhlouf is the Treasury Secretary and Chief Executive, the New Zealand Government’s chief economic and financial adviser.

When faced with the chances, choices and challenges that globalisation brings, how should New Zealand respond – put up barriers or build bridges?

In an upcoming UC Connect free public lecture, Chances, Choices and Challenges, Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf will discuss New Zealand’s response to globalisation.

As a small open economy, New Zealand enjoys many benefits from globalisation and international connections. But in many countries there has undoubtedly been a mood of uncertainty about the value of globalisation and the value of free trade. The uneven impacts of globalisation – real or perceived – have to be recognised and addressed head-on.

Gabriel Makhlouf is the Treasury Secretary and Chief Executive. He is the Government’s chief economic and financial adviser, and leads the Treasury’s work to help raise living standards for New Zealanders through a stable, growing economy, and a high performing public service.

Gabriel’s career was previously in the UK civil service where his responsibilities ranged from policy development on domestic and international tax and welfare policy issues through to large-scale, customer-focused, operational delivery. He was Chair of the world’s main tax rule-making body – the Committee on Fiscal Affairs – at the OECD in Paris between 2000-2004 and was also responsible for the UK’s Government Banking Service. He led the UK team that negotiated the current US/UK double tax treaty and served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Exeter and a Master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Bath, and is an alumnus of international business school INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. The son of UN diplomats, Gabriel grew up in the Pacific and speaks French and Greek. He is married with one adult son.

UC Connect public lecture: Chances, Choices and Challenges: New Zealand’s Response to Globalisation, Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary to the Treasury 6.30pm – 7.30pm, on Thursday 17 August at the University of Canterbury.

Register to attend at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucconnect

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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