Tim Dower: Where's the value for money with the international organisations we're in?

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Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 3:01PM
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Tim Dower: Where's the value for money with the international organisations we're in?

Author
Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 3:01PM

I watched Chris Liddell's interview on Q&A over the weekend.

Liddell is the New Zealander working at Trump's right hand in the White House.

Born in Matamata, educated here and at Oxford, business career, currently Deputy Chief of staff and looking for a new job.

He wants to run the OECD, which is a club with 37 member countries from all over the world.

New Zealand is one of them.

It's one of those international talking shops...and as Liddell told Q&A yesterday...there's a lot of those.

In fact he says, there are 38,000 of them.

Which makes you wonder why someone would want to work in a place like that...producing reports that at best sit on a shelf, at worst go straight in the recycling.

The OECD has a consolidated budget of 386 million Euros.

Our share of that is a fraction over one percent...so let's say 4 million Euros...ballpark.

So a gnat's under 7 million a year.

And what do we get for that?

Whilst we're at it, what do we get from APEC, ASEAN, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency; the Asian Development Bank...and dare I ask...the United Nations...which costs us more than $50 million a year?

I'm not saying we should be an isolationist nation, not by any stretch.

But the amount of duplication, triplication, bureaucracy, obfuscation, and plain old time-wasting hot air in these outfits makes you wonder.

Where's the value for money?