Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Sutton To Visit Australia, China And Korea

19 March 2000

Press Release


Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton is to visit Australia on March 22-24 before travelling on to China and Korea to progress trade issues.

Mr Sutton will be the first minister from the new Government to visit China and Korea.

His visit to Canberra completes an initial round of key meetings with Australian counterparts, after visits there by Prime Minister Helen Clark, Foreign Minister Phil Goff, and Defence Minister Mark Burton.

While in Australia Mr Sutton will discuss a number of bilateral trade issues with counterpart Mark Vaile, as well as meeting with Agriculture Minister Warren Truss, several other Ministers, and key Opposition leaders.

“I will also have half a day in Melbourne to update myself on developments in the Australian dairy industry. The Australians are on the brink of significant dairy deregulation, and there may be opportunities for New Zealand dairy companies in this regard,” he said.

Mr Sutton said his visit to China and Korea reflected the importance New Zealand placed on its relationship with North Asia.

“China’s reforms are opening up great new potential for New Zealand exporters and its pending accession to the World Trade Organisation will do much to turn that potential into reality,” he said.

“However right now there are outstanding issues which require Ministerial intervention to ensure a fair deal for our traders. The wool quota is one such issue and I will be taking the opportunity to discuss our access problems with Chinese Ministers.”

Mr Sutton said his visit also provided an opportunity to build a relationship with trade and agriculture counterparts in Beijing, and with business and local leaders in Shanghai, which was an increasingly important market and investment destination for New Zealand firms.

In Korea, the Minister will address an APEC Forum on the subject of trade liberalisation and meet with ministers, businesspeople and representatives of New Zealand firms.

“I will have some views to convey on the liberalisation of Korea’s beef market, access for our stonefruit products, and problems being experienced in the velvet market,” Mr Sutton said.

“I will also be making a plug for New Zealand technology exports to the Korean market.

“Following its spectacular economic recovery, with 10% growth last year, Korea is again a billion-dollar market for New Zealand and I want to ensure our businesses can make the most of their opportunities there.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news