Image (RNZ) New Zealand Trade Minister Steven Joyce
New Zealand’s Minster for Economic Development, Steven Joyce, is heading to Japan and Korea with a focus on building closer economic relations. Joyce will be focussing on education, business and innovation to further promote New Zealand as an investment destination.
According to 2015 data there were approximately 124,000 international students from 176 countries studying in New Zealand with a great many coming from Japan and Korea. Two way trade between Japan and New Zealand has been growing with $3.2 billion in exports in 2012 compared with $3.1 billion in imports, while exports to Korea in 2014 totalled $1.8 billion.
“Japan and Korea are huge economies and important partners for New Zealand – both feature in our top six export destinations,” Mr Joyce says.
“With the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement recently entering into force and Japan being an important member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, there are many opportunities to build on our existing trade relationships.
“Investment from both countries also makes a significant contribution to our economy – especially in regional New Zealand - and our exports. We need to grow those linkages further.”
“Japan and Korea are two of our largest origin countries for international students. I want to highlight that New Zealand is a safe, attractive, high-quality destination for Japanese and Korean students to come and study,” Mr Joyce says.
“There is also scope to boost science and technology relationships, with both countries recognised as being world-leaders in research and development and innovation.
“We want to strengthen links in sectors like robotics and functional food, and geothermal energy is a particular focus for us in Japan.”
Joyce and the National led Government have managed to negotiate a range of free trade agreements that have contributed the growth of New Zealand’s economy while also giving it opportunities to diversify. Unlike some of its western partners, New Zealand continues to welcome foreign investment.
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