Thursday, July 18, 2024

Finance Minister headed to Games

Minister Grant Robertson will depart for the UK tomorrow for engagements to support New Zealand’s athletes at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

He will first travel to Paris for meetings with political, sport and business leaders before attending the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from the evening of August 2.

“Global economies are being challenged by volatility including high inflation, the war in Ukraine and the ongoing COVID pandemic. This is a global situation so it is useful to hear how those factors are affecting other jurisdictions,” Mr Robertson said.

The Minister will meet political counterparts in France and the UK as well as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of England Andrew Bailey, along with investors and New Zealand businesses.

“I am also thrilled to be able to attend the Commonwealth Games to support all our athletes who have trained hard over the past four years for this event. This is especially impressive as they have been contending with disruptions caused by the global pandemic,” said Mr Robertson.

“We are going into these games off the back of a very successful event in Australia in 2018 when our team won 46 medals.

“We have 233 athletes competing in Birmingham from all around New Zealand. They range in age from 16 to 75 and this year we have our highest proportion of female athletes at 53 percent.”

The Minister is due to return to New Zealand on 8 August.

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