Has she received any responses to the second milestone report of the Quality Regulation Review; if so, what did they say?
Yes, I received a copy of the statement put out by Business New Zealand’s Phil O’Reilly. He welcomed the report, stating that it should be seen as a first step towards a significant and ongoing improvement in the quality of regulation. He went on to say that a key outcome was the strengthening of the regulatory impact analysis process for regulation, which came into effect on 1 April this year.
Is the Minister confident that the review will produce improvements in the business environment; if so, why?
Yes, I am, because the actual proposals have come from the individual businesses that have either participated in the sector reviews or submitted to the Business Consultation Website. This is very much a bottom-up review from the perspective of business. Given that New Zealand ranks No. 2 in the World Bank ease of doing business survey, it is not surprising that relatively small changes make a big difference to small to medium sized enterprises.