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New Zealand and China will begin talks on an upgrade of the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries on April 25, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. The announcement followed official talks between the Prime Minister and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Wellington today. “The FTA with China has been an enormous success,” Mr English says. ...
Good morning. Can I start by thanking the International Business Forum and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event. And can I acknowledge your guests and my ministerial colleagues. In particular I want to acknowledge Trade Minister Todd McClay, who along with Foreign Minister Murray McCully is doing an excellent job of promoting our interests overseas. I think Todd and Murray would admit that some parts of that job are not too difficult. After all, we have an enviable reputation around the world.
Prime Minister Bill English has today launched New Zealand’s updated trade strategy, Trade Agenda 2030, and reiterated the Government’s commitment to free trade. The Prime Minister has also announced the Government’s ambitious goal of having free trade agreements cover 90 per cent of New Zealand’s goods exports by 2030, up from 53 per cent today, as well as investing $91.3 million over four years through Budget 2017 to help achieve this. ...
Prime Minister Bill English has condemned the terror attack in London today and expressed New Zealand’s condolences to the people of the UK. “London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. “We utterly condemn this act. ...
National Security and Intelligence Minister Bill English today welcomed the passing of legislation which updates the legislative framework and increases the transparency of the intelligence and security agencies. Four Acts have been consolidated into a single comprehensive piece of legislation which clearly sets out the agencies’ powers, establishes a new warranting framework and builds on the robust oversight and accountability of the agencies. ...
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit New Zealand next week. Prime Minister Bill English announced today that he and Premier Li will hold official talks in Wellington, and that he and the Premier will also meet business leaders in Auckland during his visit from 26 to 29 March. “The visit is an important opportunity to set the agenda for the next stage of our strong relationship and demonstrates our shared commitment to open trade and economic growth,” Mr English says.
Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointments of Phil O’Reilly and Tenby Powell to the APEC Business Advisory Council, through to December 2019. The Prime Minister also confirmed the extension of Katherine Rich’s appointment through till March 2019. “Mr O’Reilly and Mr Powell both bring important skills to the organisation and will strongly represent the interests of New Zealand businesses on important trade and economic issues in the Asia Pacific,” Mr English says.
The Government will progressively lift the age of eligibility for NZ Superannuation from 65 to 67, starting in 20 years’ time, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. “New Zealanders are healthier and living longer so adjusting the long-term settings of NZ Super while there is time for people to adapt is the right thing to do,” Mr English says. The changes will be phased in from 1 July 2037 and will not affect anyone born on or before 30 June 1972.
Prime Minister Bill English has welcomed the visit to New Zealand this week of the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Araújo. “New Zealand and Timor-Leste have a special bond,” says Mr English, who will meet Dr Araújo in Auckland tomorrow. “New Zealand has supported Timor-Leste since its decision to seek independence in 1999. More than 4000 New Zealand Defence Force, Police and other personnel have served there in the past 18 years.”
Minister for National Security and Intelligence Bill English today welcomed the report back of the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, which has been strengthened by the select committee process. “I thank the members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee for their hard work and the submitters who provided feedback about the Bill,” Mr English says. ...
The annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ talks have taken the cooperation between our two countries forward in a number of areas, Prime Minister Bill English says. Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. “Australia is our closest friend and ally.
The Prime Minister has met with the Pike River Mine families today, saying he acknowledges their loss and suffering. “The families want to recover their loved ones and ensure such a disaster never happens again and I accept they want to take every possible step to achieve this,” Mr English says. “No matter how we try and achieve this, we must adhere to the improved workplace health and safety laws we passed in the aftermath of the Pike River Mine tragedy.