ASEAN FTA places New Zealand in vital trade web

Tonight’s signing of the ASEAN free trade agreement places New Zealand in a good strategic place, says Phil O’Reilly of Business NZ.

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27 February 2009

ASEAN FTA places New Zealand in vital trade web

Tonight’s signing of the ASEAN free trade agreement places New Zealand
in a good strategic place, says Phil O’Reilly of Business NZ.

“Being part of a free trade deal that includes Asian nations and
Australia effectively brings the Asian centre of influence closer to New
Zealand,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“It could not have come at a better time given recent protectionist
signals from other parts of the world.

“More market access and more opportunity for New Zealand exporters will
reap future rewards.

“The work of Ministers in both the National and Labour Governments and
their officials in achieving this FTA is greatly appreciated.”

ENDS

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