David Parker to attend series of meetings to advance NZ’s trade interests
In Dubai, he will visit New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 07-10-2019 08:33 IST | Created: 07-10-2019 08:33 IST
In Dubai, he will visit New Zealand's Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.
There he will meet Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi who is responsible for Expo 2020, to discuss New Zealand's priorities for Expo 2020, including our theme "Care for People and Place".
David Parker will then go on to London to attend the Commonwealth Trade Ministers' Meeting, involving counterparts from the 53 members of the Commonwealth.
In 2018, Commonwealth GDP was estimated at US$23.7 trillion or 17.6% of global GDP, with New Zealand's exports to Commonwealth members valued at $16.8 billion, which is 30 percent of New Zealand's total exports.
Ministers will discuss the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, focusing on digital trade, regulatory reform, and engagement with the private sector, as well as discussing the importance of inclusive and sustainable trade, which aligns with New Zealand's own priorities for trade policy under our Trade for All agenda.
In London and Berlin David Parker will be joined by business and industry leaders from some of New Zealand's largest companies and sectors.
"This will be an opportunity to discuss our future trade relationship with the UK and Germany, including bringing negotiations of an EU-New Zealand trade agreement to a timely conclusion, and the future of negotiations for an FTA with the UK when it is in a position to do so."
"The UK and Germany are like-minded partners on a range of environmental issues and there is much we can learn from each other," David Parker said.
He returns to New Zealand on 16 October.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)