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

 


Ministerial visit to Middle East

Hon Nathan Guy

Minister for Primary Industries


28 February 2014 Media Statement

Ministerial visit to Middle East

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy leaves tomorrow on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

“This visit is an opportunity to build on New Zealand’s already well-established relationship with key agricultural and food export markets,” says Mr Guy.

“In 2013 New Zealand exported $1.6b of primary products to these three markets, and our agricultural expertise is in strong demand as states in the region look to improve their food security.”

In the United Arab Emirates Mr Guy will be discussing a joint project with Environment Abu Dhabi where New Zealand is assisting with environmental management. He will also open Fonterra's new warehouse, which will operate as a hub for re-exports throughout the region and signals the importance of the Gulf region to New Zealand's dairy exports.

While in Saudi Arabia he will meet with his ministerial counterpart and also visit the site of a New Zealand agribusiness service hub and demonstration farm currently under development near Dammam.

In Oman Minister Guy will also be meeting both the Agriculture and Foreign Affairs Ministers and will be holding discussions on increasing trade and agricultural linkages.

“Launched last year, the NZ Inc Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Strategy outlines New Zealand’s plans for further developing strong government and private sector relationships with the GCC. It calls for expanded trade and economic relationships with region.

“This visit will help to grow our relationship and help New Zealand become a partner of choice. It will also be an opportunity to discuss how we can work with the states of the region in areas where we have particular expertise, such as agriculture, fisheries and environmental management,” says Mr Guy.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news