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Taiwan, New Zealand agree to expand air services

Taiwan, New Zealand agree to expand air services

Taiwan and New Zealand agreed Dec. 6 to expand air services as part of a broader commitment to strengthening collaboration and exchanges between the two nations, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Starting next month, Taiwan’s China Airlines will extend three of its Taipei-Brisbane flights per week to include Auckland. “We expect this will result in a sizeable increase in bilateral business exchanges and freight transport,” the MOEA said.

The agreement was announced at the conclusion of the 17th Taiwan-New Zealand Economic Consultations in Taipei, a ministerial-level channel for discussing economic and trade issues of mutual interest between two countries.

In addition, New Zealand is considering the possibility of loosening regulations on imports of Taiwan’s orchids. “After completion of relevant procedures, Taiwanese orchids could enter New Zealand’s market early next year,” the MOEA said.

Other issues addressed at the meeting include cultural and creative industries, customs controls, education, food safety, foreign investment, green energy, medical devices, technology, trade promotion and tourism.

In response to Taiwan’s request that more places be made available to Taiwan nationals under the bilateral working holiday agreement, the MOEA said New Zealand will consider this during a general review of its program over the next few months.

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