Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will this week lead a trade mission including more than 30 New Zealand businesses to Melbourne and Sydney as part of the government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists after COVID-19. 19.
While in Sydney, Jacinda Ardern will also deliver a keynote address to the Australia and New Zealand Leaders Forum (ANZLF) and hold its official annual leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Albanese.
“This trade mission is one of many steps this government is taking to reconnect New Zealand to the world while actively strengthening partnerships between government, business and industry,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“Australia is our second largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth more than $22 billion through December 2021, and is the number one export market to which many New Zealand businesses look.
“The 32 New Zealand business leaders joining this trade mission range from some of our largest exporters to innovative small businesses that are relatively early in their export journey, demonstrating the importance of our trading relationship with the Australia,” said Jacinda Ardern.
In Melbourne, the Prime Minister will attend an ANZ business breakfast and dinner showcasing New Zealand food and drink. She will also meet Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
In Sydney, she will meet with tourism leaders from both countries and with key Australian investors. She will also launch the New Zealand collaboration “Discover New” with David Jones, and attend a dinner showcasing New Zealand high-end retail brands and showcasing New Zealand food and drink products. She will also meet New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet and deliver a major foreign policy speech at the Lowy Institute.
Small Business and Tourism Minister Stuart Nash will accompany the Prime Minister on the trade mission.
“There are fantastic opportunities for New Zealand exporters – Australia appreciates high-value, high-quality and sustainable New Zealand offerings, particularly in food, beverages, consumer goods, technology, manufacturing and tourism,” said Stuart Nash.
“Australia is also New Zealand’s largest source of visitors with over 1.55 million visitors to our shores in 2019 and contributing over $2.7 billion to the economy. With our borders now openings and the abolition of pre-departure testing, we have created significant opportunities for tourism recovery as we welcome back our Australian friends.”
While in Sydney, Jacinda Ardern and a number of New Zealand ministers will attend the Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF).
“The Forum is an important opportunity to engage with governments and business leaders on both sides of Tasmania on our shared economic recovery in an increasingly uncertain world,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“I am pleased to be joined at the Forum by Ministers Robertson, O’Connor, Nash, Jackson, Wood, Verrall and Shaw, who will meet their new Australian counterparts and engage in policy discussions on a wide range of economic issues. “
Prime Minister Ardern will join Prime Minister Albanese in addressing the Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Awards event.
“On Friday, Prime Minister Albanese and I will hold our annual leaders’ meeting, and it will be an opportunity to exchange more views on a wide range of global issues such as the war in Ukraine and climate change, as well as to discuss important regional issues ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“We have invited key ministers to join our meeting, allowing for a richer discussion on issues of particular concern. Such conversations are more important than ever to ensure that we face this time of transition and renewal together, in as allies and family.”
The Prime Minister will arrive directly in Australia on Monday July 4 upon her return from Europe. She will return to New Zealand via NZDF, alongside the trade delegation, on Friday 8 July.
(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)