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New Zealand trade delegation seeking stronger ties with Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-07-16 10:25 PM
Taipei, July 16 (CNA) A visiting trade delegation from New Zealand said Wednesday in Taipei that it expects more opportunities for trade cooperation with Taiwan, including partnerships to explore other markets. The arrival of the 30-member delegation marks the first trade mission from New Zealand to Taiwan since the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) took effect last December. "We are here to demonstrate we take the relationship with Taiwan very seriously and to show we are determined to develop it even further," said Sir Ken Stevens, chairman of Export New Zealand and executive chairman of the Glidepath Group. "As a result of the ANZTEC agreement and after our visit, I am very confident we will see many more New Zealanders visiting Taiwan and doing much more business with Taiwan," Stevens was quoted as saying in a statement. The initiatives will include Taiwan and New Zealand businesses "forming partnerships to jointly explore other markets elsewhere," he said. "The fact is that though Taiwan is the 8th largest market for our products by value, our smaller companies have tended to overlook the possibilities for building relationships here and deepening our business connections," he added. In the first five months after the ANZTEC took effect, New Zealand exports to Taiwan increased by over 30 percent, while Taiwan exports to New Zealand grew by over 20 percent, Stevens said. In the first half of this year, Taiwan's top eight exports to New Zealand saw double-digit growth, he said. Si'alei van Toor, director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei, said at a luncheon that Taiwan is a very important market for New Zealand. Taiwan is New Zealand's top export market for apples and cherries and a major market for dairy products, kiwifruit, beef, wood and other products, she said. Dean Prebble, director of the New Zealand Trade Development Centre in Taipei, described the trade mission as a success and said he expects the bilateral trade links to grow. The Importers and Exporters Association of Taiwan and its New Zealand counterpart, Export New Zealand, are expected to play a critical role in forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones, Prebble said. "The key to strong trade growth is to understand what each party has to offer and gain trust in each other's ability to deliver on promises," he said. "We are off to a great start." The New Zealand delegation comprises representatives of 30 small and big businesses, including Fonterra, Zespri, Kono, Cerebos Greggs, Glidepath, and smaller companies in the food, beverage, film, hi-tech and education sectors. (By James Lee)
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