In an effort to further uplift and strengthen relationship between ASEAN and New Zealand, the Committee of Representatives to ASEAN, with the official invitation of the Government of New Zealand, paid an official visit to New Zealand on 11 – 16 August 2013. During the visit, the CPR called on Honourable Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, and Honorable Tim Groser, Minister of Trade of New Zealand at the latters’ office. Minister McCully welcomed the CPR and stressed that New Zealand has committed to further strengthen ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue relationship and as reflected in its newly launched ASEAN Strategies and its efforts bring the new ASEAN Strategies to its business communities. Honourable Tim Groser stressed the importance of AANZFTA and the economic road-show to publicize the new ASEAN Strategies in order to convince New Zealand business community to shift their focus on the ASEAN market.
While in Wellington, the CPR also had discussion with high ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Ministry and Trade of New Zealand on way and means to further uplift the dialogue relationship between ASEAN and New Zealand to a higher level, including reviewing the New Zealand’s new ASEAN strategies and the commemorative activities for the upcoming Commemorative Summit to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Relations.
The CPR also had discussion with New Zealand Asia Foundation, the ASEAN Committee in Wellington, and networking with New Zealand Asian Business Community, and a number of well-known universities in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.