Parliamentary friendship group to South and South East Asia
5 November 2019
Parliamentary friendship group to
strengthen New Zealand’s relations in South and South East
Co-Chairs of the South and South East Asia
Parliamentary Friendship Group, Greg O’Connor MP (Labour)
and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP (National), are leading a
delegation to Indonesia and India next week as part of the
inaugural Parliamentary Friendship Group exchange. The
purpose of the exchange is to strengthen New Zealand’s
bilateral relations with these countries and to promote New
Zealand in the South and South East Asia region.
delegation also includes Melissa Lee MP (National) and Hon
Tim Macindoe MP (National). The exchange will begin in
Jakarta, before heading to Mumbai and Delhi. Each stop
includes engagements with the respective Parliaments, as
well as with various business groups with particular
relevance to New Zealand.
“New Zealand has increasingly
strong ties with both Indonesia and India, which are both
rapidly growing on the world stage. This exchange is a
chance for New Zealand to reciprocate recent visits from
these nations, and to exchange knowledge on areas of mutual
interest,” said Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard.
programme runs from 17 to 27 November.
The South and South
East Asia Parliamentary Friendship Group is one of seven
parliamentary friendship groups within the New Zealand
Parliament. Parliamentary Friendship Groups help deepen New
Zealand’s international relations with other countries and
help promote parliamentary democracy.
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