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

 


PM visits Singapore, Vietnam &Thailand for APEC

13 October 2002 Media Statement

PM to visit Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand for APEC

Prime Minister Helen Clark is next week visiting Singapore and Vietnam en route to the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on 20 and 21 October.

In Singapore on 16 October she will meet Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and deliver an address to the Institute for Policy Studies.

Helen Clark said Singapore is a longstanding friend and important to New Zealand as an economic partner.

“In 2000 our two countries signed a landmark Closer Economic Partnership Agreement, on which we are now building through the ‘Pacific 3’ trilateral negotiations with Chile.

“Singapore is New Zealand’s largest South East Asian source of foreign investment and is taking an active interest in New Zealand’s innovative and creative industries.

“Singapore’s interest in becoming a South East Asian biotechnology and Information Communications Technology hub creates opportunities for future New Zealand and Singapore joint ventures.”

Helen Clark said her visit to Vietnam from 16 to 18 October will follow the visit by former Prime Minister Jim Bolger who opened the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi 1995.

“Our relations with Vietnam are growing. Vietnam opened an embassy in Wellington earlier this year and Trade Minister Jim Sutton led a trade mission there in March.

“Vietnam today is an increasingly active and influential player in Asia. It is seeking WTO membership which will help its integration into the global economy. New Zealand supports Vietnam’s accession to the WTO, and is engaged in bilateral negotiations with Vietnam on future access for our goods and services. New Zealand also contributes development assistance for basic health and education.”

In Vietnam Helen Clark will meet Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, senior government ministers, and party officials. New Zealand business activities will also feature in a brief visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

At the annual APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok, Helen Clark will address the CEO Summit and have bilateral meetings with a number of leaders.

“I will be talking to other leaders about how APEC can contribute to getting the WTO negotiations back on track. The breakdown at Cancun should also encourage APEC to focus back on the Bogor Goals to reduce tariff barriers within the APEC economies.

“Terrorism and the ongoing threat it poses to economic growth and prosperity in the region will also feature, as will the costs of counter-terrorism measures which are a particular concern of the export business community,” Helen Clark said.

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff, and Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton will attend the annual APEC Ministerial meeting before the leaders’ meeting.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news