The Prime Minister has a productive meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan

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April 21, 2022

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a productive meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo today.

“Japan is one of New Zealand’s closest and most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region. We have a strong business relationship, shared values ​​and a shared commitment to an open, inclusive, stable and prosperous region. We are well aligned in our views and approaches to the challenges facing our region,” said Jacinda Ardern.

The Prime Ministers renewed the two countries’ commitment to the Japan-New Zealand strategic cooperative partnership. They agreed to strengthen cooperation, with a focus on political ties, defense and security, trade and economic growth, climate and sustainability, the Pacific and the wider Indo-Pacific region.

“The global strategic environment is unstable and we face unprecedented challenges. Japan and New Zealand will work together to support economic recovery from COVID-19, fight climate change, promote peace and stability in our region, and uphold the rules-based global order,” Jacinda said. Ardern.

The Prime Ministers welcomed the decision to negotiate an information-sharing agreement, to enable closer engagement on international security issues.

They also agreed to collaborate on sustainable economic growth, with particular emphasis on food and beverages, technology and renewable energy, and to continue to work together to promote free, open and rules-based trade. through economic forums and frameworks such as APEC, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership – and now the new regional initiative of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

“Our economic ties are strong and we have longstanding investment partnerships. There is significant potential to grow our trade and work together to transform our economies for a low carbon future,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“Today I highlighted to Prime Minister Kishida the high quality goods and services that New Zealand exporters offer to Japan, particularly in food and beverages and technology. We also noted the close partnerships between our renewable energy businesses and the opportunity to grow them,” said Jacinda Ardern.

To enhance science and technology cooperation activities between the two countries, Prime Minister Ardern announced an investment by the New Zealand government of up to $8 million in joint research on advanced technologies, including renewable energy.

The First Ministers’ Joint Statement can be viewed here.

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