Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is this week leading a major business delegation to New Zealand to explore new economic opportunities in areas such as infrastructure.
The delegation, representing some of Australia’s leading infrastructure companies, will visit New Zealand between 25-28 February and participate in the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.
Mr Robb said Australia and New Zealand have a long history of cooperation and our joint hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup is just the latest example.
“Australian companies are keen to partner with New Zealand counterparts both at home and across the Tasman, and both countries share ambitious infrastructure programs.”
Mr Robb will hold the Closer Economic Relations Ministerial Meeting with New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser and participate in a panel discussion on regional trade liberalisation at the Leadership Forum.
“We have one of the most comprehensive and effective free trade agreements in the world, the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement, and this continues to provide a strong foundation for two-way growth,” Mr Robb said.
“The delegation will visit key sites in Auckland and Christchurch to explore potential partnerships with New Zealand firms, particularly in the ongoing Christchurch earthquake reconstruction program,” he said.
As part of the joint hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is also running Match Australia, the Government’s international business networking program which connects businesses with global partners through major sporting events.
“The Australian and New Zealand governments have put in place a special arrangement for the Cricket World Cup which allows people to apply for one visa for travel to and between both countries,” Mr Robb said.
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