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New Zealand, Taiwan strengthen ties through visit of trade delegation

TAIPEI--A trade delegation from New Zealand is visiting Taiwan to seek more opportunities for bilateral trade cooperation, according to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the country's international business development agency.

The arrival of the 30-member delegation marks the first such mission to Taiwan since the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) took effect last December, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise said Monday.

Organized by Export New Zealand, a division of the country's leading national business organization, the mission to North Asia also includes a Hong Kong and Macau option. Among the members are Charles Finny, who negotiated the ANZTEC, Export NZ Chairman Ken Stevens and Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly.

“This is a good opportunity for NZ businesses to explore the Hong Kong market further and the first opportunity to leverage the relatively new ANZTEC agreement with Taiwan,” Export NZ said on its website.

The trade delegation is scheduled to depart July 16.

ANZTEC was signed in mid-2013 and came into effect by December that year. The agreement liberalizes the goods trade while also providing improved access for services exporters, investors and business travelers. New Zealand is the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development country that has such a trade agreement with Taiwan.

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