There is a very positive feeling around Rotorua at the moment. The local economy continues to trend upwards, there’s more investment happening, more houses and commercial buildings popping up, and town was buzzing over the weekend as the best mountain bike riders in the world came to town.
Minister of Trade Todd McClay today welcomed the rapidly widening commercial engagement between New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates and said the two governments were committed to growing the trade relationship further.
Mr McClay is leading a New Zealand business delegation to Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of Trade Todd McClay says he is encouraged by prospects for New Zealand’s beef and horticultural exports to Indonesia following a meeting with his counterpart in Jakarta today.
Mr McClay is currently in Indonesia, where he met for the first time with the new Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita.
Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Indonesia and the Gulf this week.
In Indonesia, Mr McClay will meet with new Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, as well as deliver a keynote speech at the World Renewable Energy Congress.
Trade Minister Todd McClay is traveling to Fiji next week to attend the Fiji-New Zealand, Fiji-Australia Joint Business Council Conference and to progress the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus free trade agreement.
Thank you for taking the time to be here today.
I said earlier this year that I view one of the most important roles that I have is to better make the case with the New Zealand public about why trade openness and trade agreements are vital for the success of New Zealand businesses and the prosperity of New Zealanders.