Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post-COVID-19.
The Prime Minister will leave on Monday evening and will be accompanied by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor and business leaders from technology and tourism companies as well as innovative food companies Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri.
“New Zealand’s relationship with the United States is one of our most enduring and important. This mission will include political and security engagement as well as promotion of tourism and trade,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“A key focus of the trip will be to support business ties and technology partnerships with American innovators who have the potential to accelerate New Zealand’s sustainable economic recovery.
“The United States is our third-largest trading partner and largest services market. American companies are planning multi-billion dollar investments in cloud computing capacity in New Zealand, which will open up great growth opportunities for digital exports to the world and we want to see more.
“We have seen very positive growth in our exports to the United States, with a focus on high value-added products, such as digital services.
“The United States is a sophisticated market where New Zealand’s clean, green and sustainable brand is attracting a premium, both for our food and beverage products, but also for our technology and innovation services.
“The United States was our third largest tourist market for arrivals before COVID-19, and with travelers planning their visits months ahead of coming New Zealand summer, now is a good time to be visible in the US market by letting Americans know that we are open for business and travel.
“The relationship with the United States is also fundamental for us in political and security terms. In a world of increasing challenges, we must work closely with friends who share our values, so this is an important journey to take. right now,” Jacinda Ardern said.
The Prime Minister will travel to New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.
In New York, the Prime Minister will visit the Secretary General of the United Nations. She will meet with editors of major travel publications, meet with investors hosted by the United States Chamber of Commerce and attend a launch event for sustainable meat exports.
In Washington, the Prime Minister will meet with senior members of the Senate.
In Boston, the Prime Minister will deliver the keynote address at Harvard’s 371st Dedication Ceremony.
In San Francisco, the Prime Minister will meet the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom.
“California is the world leader in green technology. This technology will be essential to New Zealand’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets. My meeting with Governor Newsom will be an opportunity to discuss ways to work in close collaboration to combat climate change.
The Prime Minister will also meet with senior tech executives from Twitter, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to discuss investments, developing New Zealanders’ skills in tech industries, digital cooperation and pursuing the goals. of the Christchurch call.
The Prime Minister will leave New Zealand on the evening of Monday May 23.
Two-way trade in goods and services valued at NZ$18.5 billion through the financial year ending December 2021.
Trade growth has averaged 5% per year over the past 15 years.
Tourists from the United States accounted for 10% of total arrivals before COVID-19
(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)