Saturday, April 13, 2024

Historic visit for Finnish PM

Finland’s Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, will visit New Zealand next week – it will be the first ever visit to Aotearoa by a Finnish PM.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari, and a business delegation.

She will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland.

“New Zealand and Finland are natural partners. We share similar approaches and views on many international issues, including the importance of the rule of law, multilateralism, sustainability, and free and open trade,” Ms Ardern said.

“We look forward to building our trade and investment relationship with Finland, utilising the opportunities presented by the conclusion of our free trade agreement with the European Union.  The ongoing and active support of friends such as Finland is welcome as we move toward signing and ratifying the FTA as soon as possible”.

The New Zealand-European Union FTA includes ambitious and ground-breaking outcomes to promote trade and sustainable development. It is expected to increase exports to the EU by up to $1.8 billion per year.

The visit, from 29 November to 1 December, will be the first opportunity for the two Prime Ministers to meet in person.

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