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Trade Minister to visit Indonesia and the Gulf

Hon Todd McClay
Minister of Trade

20 September 2016


Trade Minister to visit Indonesia and the Gulf

Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Indonesia and the Gulf this week.

In Indonesia, Mr McClay will meet with new Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, as well as deliver a keynote speech at the World Renewable Energy Congress.

“I am pleased to be returning to Indonesia and look forward to continuing our productive discussions on bilateral trade priorities, including market access for New Zealand beef and horticultural exports,” says Mr McClay.

Indonesia is New Zealand’s 13th largest trading partner with two-way trade worth NZ$1.6 billion.

In the Gulf, Mr McClay will lead a business delegation to the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia and he will also lead New Zealand’s biennial trade and economic discussions with the Saudi Government.

“This meeting is the main trade and economic dialogue between our two countries,” says Mr McClay.

While in Riyadh the Minister will also meet with a range of senior Saudi Ministers to discuss trade issues including the finalisation of the Gulf Cooperation Council-New Zealand Trade Agreement initialled in 2009.

In the United Arab Emirates, Mr McClay will focus on promoting New Zealand as a food security partner and source of high tech innovation and services.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman is New Zealand’s sixth largest export partner, with annual exports worth over $1.7 billion.

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