Key to push NZ business in Indonesia

Prime Minister John Key will head to Indonesia and Singapore to push NZ business opportunities later this month. Photo / AP
Prime Minister John Key will head to Indonesia and Singapore to push NZ business opportunities later this month. Photo / AP

Prime Minister John Key will head to Indonesia and Singapore to push New Zealand business opportunities later this month.

Mr Key, along with Trade Minister Tim Groser and a 26-strong business delegation, arrive in Indonesia on April 15, before travelling to Singapore, then returning to New Zealand on April 19.

While visiting Indonesia, Mr Key will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and will hold bilateral talks with a number of Cabinet Ministers.

In Singapore, he will meet President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Key said Indonesia was already New Zealand's 10th-largest export market, but there was a lot of room to expand.

"Leading a delegation of such senior and high-profile business leaders gives impetus to that relationship and will open doors in areas where New Zealand can offer its strengths and expertise, like the food and beverage sector, education, aviation and geothermal energy."

The visit to Singapore takes up a long-standing invitation, and Mr Key said his visit underscored the countries' close ties.

"This visit provides an ideal opportunity to reaffirm New Zealand's close and valued friendship with Singapore as we continue our cooperation in a number of key areas, particularly trade."

- APNZ

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