Boscawen put in charge of ComCom

Act Party deputy leader and new Associate Commerce Minister John Boscawen will keep watch on the Commerce Commission as part of his new job, the government announced today.

Act Party deputy leader and new Associate Commerce Minister John Boscawen will keep watch on the Commerce Commission as part of his new job, the government announced today.

“One of Mr Boscawen's main delegations will be the oversight of the Commerce Commission as ownership minister and of ongoing operations of the Commerce Act,” Commerce Minister Simon Power said today.

“I look forward to working with him as the government continues its reforms of regulation in the business sector to promote competition, support efficient business transactions, and increase participation in New Zealand's markets.”

Mr Boscawen will also be responsible for trade remedies and for the administration of the Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act 1988 and the Temporary Safeguard Authorities Act 1987.

His other jobs include (to quote the government’s press release), “administration of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibition Order No 2 2004 including the implementation of the Basel Convention and the Waigani Convention, and the implementation of the OECD Council Decision C (2001) 107/FINAL (all concerning the trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes), and the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and administration of my other responsibilities under the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996 and Regulations.”

Mr Boscawen said he welcomes the opportunity to work in the Commerce portfolio.

“I'm keen to add my business skills to help promote the government's reforms in the commerce area.”

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