Regulators are the new diplomats – the role of IRC in a post-COVID world - NZIER Insight 92

10 September 2020

By Derek Gill

New research shows that the New Zealand Government is deeply imbedded in a complex web of international regulatory cooperation (IRC) arrangements and agreements. Bilateral agreements with Australia predominate including regulatory harmonisation on food standards and the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA). In addition, regulators often work directly with their foreign counterparts through informal networks.