PM launches strategy to open doors to India

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today launched the NZ Inc India Strategy at the Cloud in Auckland.PM launches strategy to open doors to India

Prime Minister John Key today launched the NZ Inc India Strategy at the Cloud in Auckland.

“This is the first of what will be many NZ Inc country and regional strategies that will set ambitious medium term goals and provide a clear direction for the whole of government effort over a five year period,” says Mr Key.

In addition to India, strategies are being developed on China, the US, Australia, South East Asia, Middle East, and the European Union.

“Our relationship with India has always been friendly and warm and we have seen good growth over the past few years. Two-way trade is worth more than $1.2 billion per year and India has become our third-largest source of international students and our 10th largest source of visitors.”

The strength of the relationship is underpinned by the Indian community in New Zealand, which numbers over 100,000.

“There are good reasons for a strategy. India has emerged as a major Asian power and economic hub and while it is currently the world’s 10th largest economy, its growth rate is second only to China’s among the world’s major economies.

“India also has a growing middle class and a youthful and increasingly well educated population. We need to make the most of the opportunities India provides.

“I witnessed those opportunities when I visited India in June. The India Strategy is the framework we need to realise that potential,” says Mr Key.

The Strategy brings government agencies together to work collectively. It has a strong trade and economic focus but also looks at building political and diplomatic ties. The Strategy outlines why New Zealand businesses should be looking at India and gives them information they need to do business there.

The Strategy includes a set of six goals that specify action such as negotiating the FTA, and growing links in key sectors such as agri-tech and high-value manufacturing and technologies.

“The India Strategy is the first step towards realising the full and exciting potential of the India-New Zealand relationship,” says Mr Key.

The government’s “Opening Doors to India” publication provides more information on why India is a priority relationship for New Zealand.

The publication and further information can be found at http://www.nzincstrategy.mfat.govt.nz

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