If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.
The Point of Order monitor of Beehive travel announcements in the past month shows this…
1 OCTOBER 2018
Tabuteau to lead New Zealand’s first trade delegation to South Africa
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Fletcher Tabuteau announced he would travel to South Africa to lead New Zealand’s first ever senior-level business delegation to the country. The South African market presents significant potential for New Zealand businesses and is our most diverse trading partner on the African continent with more than $300 million in exports, he said. The engagements in South Africa follow a bilateral visit to the United Arab Emirates earlier in the week. New Zealand companies joining Tabuteau included Enatel, Fonterra, Framecad, Gallagher, Jack Links NZ, Seequent and Zespri
11 OCTOBER 2018
Finance Minister travels to annual IMF/World Bank and APEC meetings
Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced he was travelling to attend a series of international economic meetings and bilateral engagements in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. He attended the IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Bali from October 12-13. The series of engagements included meetings with counterparts, ratings agencies and officials from the World Bank and IMF.
Robertson then travelled to Malaysia from October 14-15 to meet Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Economy Minister Azmin Ali, and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq. He also hosted a lunch with New Zealand firms in Malaysia.
Robertson’s next stop was the APEC Finance Ministers’ meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from October 16-18. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers included the global and regional economic outlooks and key issues and recommendations for promoting more balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth across the Asia-Pacific region.
15 OCTOBER 2018
Minister travels to Europe and Japan
Digital Services and Energy Minister Megan Woods travelled to Estonia, Norway and Japan to attend a series of meetings and bilateral engagements covering a number of her portfolios. She represented New Zealand at the Tallinn Digital Summit in Estonia from October 15-16 to discuss digital issues such as Artificial Intelligence technologies and the free movement of data. This was the first time New Zealand had been invited to attend.
Woods then headed to Norway from October 17-20 for meetings on energy and just transitions-related issues. She called on ministerial counterparts and met with industry and union representatives and had meetings related to her Research, Science and Innovation portfolio.
Woods schedule places her in Japan from October 21-23 to learn more about the development and application of hydrogen energy. She would have discussions with ministerial counterparts in addition to meeting with various industry players who are developing and using hydrogen energy.
18 OCTOBER 2018
Reform of the World Trade Organization focus of North American talks
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced he was headed to Washington DC and Ottawa to advance New Zealand’s interests in reform of the World Trade Organisation and global trade rules.
In Washington he would meet US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and other key trade figures.
Parker would then fly to Ottawa to meet representatives of like-minded WTO members to discuss reform of the multilateral trading system, working with 12 other Ministers “to ensure we send a strong signal of support to the WTO and its membership”. The countries represented are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the EU, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland.
In Ottawa he would meet Canadian ministerial counterparts, including International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr, to discuss ways to deepen the bilateral relationship.
19 OCTOBER 2018
Climate Change Minister heads to Poland
Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced he was travelling to Poland to take part in preliminary talks around deciding the rules for meeting Paris Agreement obligations to reduce global greenhouse gases. Talks in Krakow would focus on key issues which will need to be addressed in the Conference of Parties summit (COP24) in December.