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Groser: Trade Minister Progresses Trade Agenda In Indonesia And Republic Of Korea

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Tim Groser
Tim Groser

4 June 2009 - Trade Minister Tim Groser is to attend the Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia from 6-8 June before travelling to the Republic of Korea from 9-12 June.

One of the primary objectives of the Cairns Group Ministerial meeting is to call on countries to reject protectionism by urgently recommitting to the WTO Doha Round of trade negotiations.

"The recent moves by the United States and European Union to reintroduce dairy export subsidies illustrate the risks we face if we do not move forward as quickly as possible to complete the Round.

"I expect the Cairns Group Ministers will deliver a strong and united stance against protectionism and for re-engagement on the Doha Round.

"I will have the chance to meet again with the US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk and also to meet for the first time, the newly appointed Indian Trade Minister, Anand Sharma," said Mr Groser.

Mr Groser will then travel to the Republic of Korea where he will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Korea-New Zealand Business Roundtable in Seoul, and undertake a round of bilateral calls on Korean Government leaders.

"The business-led Roundtable is a chance for private sector leaders from Korea and New Zealand to come together to explore new trade and investment opportunities," said Mr Groser.

The Roundtable will include sessions on how to maximise the free trade agreement (FTA) opportunity, "green growth" such as renewable energy, and information communication and technology.

"These are new and exciting areas. The focus on FTA negotiations is timely since the Roundtable coincides with the first round of the Korea-New Zealand FTA negotiations also taking place next week in Seoul.

"An FTA will create significant new opportunities for business. This visit provides an opportunity to talk to various Korean leaders and Ministers where I will be registering the message that New Zealand is ready to proceed rapidly in these talks and we are aiming for a comprehensive win-win deal," said Mr Groser.

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