Monday, April 22, 2024

Finance Minister meets with Australian Treasurer

Finance Minister, Nicola Willis, has met with her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.  

The Ministers discussed the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.   

“I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans to grow trade, and our plans to deepen investment links between our two countries,” said Minister Willis. 

“We agreed the Single Economic Market is the best model for close integration of two sovereign independent countries anywhere in the world – and we need to keep it that way. So, Treasurer Chalmers and I will work together to adapt it to reflect our modern economic and social challenges.  

“This includes identifying and improving regulations standing in the way of the uptake of lower emissions technology and identifying options to strengthen regulatory coherence to support an efficient transition to net zero.”

Minister Willis said she also committed to attending the Australia-New Zealand Climate and Finance 2+2 Dialogue, to be held in Australia mid-year.

“Working together to tackle the challenges of clean energy transformation is critical if both our nations are to maximise the substantial benefits of the transition to net zero.”

“We also discussed the importance of responding to our region’s shared economic challenges, including addressing banking challenges facing the Pacific.  

“New Zealand and Australia are committed to stopping the decline of correspondent banking relationships in the Pacific, including through the upcoming Pacific Banking Forum.  

“Treasurer Chalmers and I agreed to collaborate on opportunities to support ongoing efforts improving the operating environment for financial services in the region. I look forward to working together on these important issues to benefit both our countries’ economies,” she said. 

While across the Tasman, Ms Willis will also meet with Australian Minister for Government Services, Bill Shorten, NSW Treasurer Daniel Mookhey, as well as Australian investors and members of the business community. 

“I am looking forward to discussing how we can achieve our bold economic goals, grow trade, and deepen investment.”  

“This trip will help build positive relationships with our largest trading partner, and work together on issues that affect both our countries’ economies,” says Ms Willis. 

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