New Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens.
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker joined Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero and Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade Tim Sargent at a meeting of the Inclusive Trade Action Group (ITAG) during APEC Leaders’ Week in Papua New Guinea.
“Trade is crucial to our economies but so is ensuring that the benefits that come from trade are shared by all,” David Parker said.
“The New Zealand Government’s Trade for All agenda ensures that our trade policy delivers for all New Zealanders.
“The meeting of ITAG members recommitted us to this goal and set out some specific objectives to advance inclusive trade in 2019, including building support among our CPTPP partners, and in the WTO and APEC.”
It follows the three countries’ Joint Declaration on Fostering Progressive and Inclusive Trade issued at the signing of the CPTPP in March this year.
A further Ministerial meeting of the ITAG is planned for February 2019. There is also a proposal that the Leaders of New Zealand, Chile and Canada meet next year to review progress on inclusive trade.