Wednesday, June 19, 2024

PM to make inaugural visit to Japan

Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon, is set to travel to Japan from 16-20 June, in what will be his first visit as New Zealand’s leader.  

“Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand’s prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination,” the PM said.

“As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means we can invest in more of the areas that New Zealanders need, such as health, education, and law and order.

“Our trade relationship is a key plank to economic success. We are a small, geographically isolated country that relies on exporting our goods to the world.

“If we are to maximise our economic growth, we will need to continue to strengthen international relationships to meet our ambitious target of doubling the value of our exports in the next ten years.”

The Prime Minister said he was excited to be accompanied on the trip by a senior business delegation, “who share my ambition for this country and will work closely with me to showcase the very best New Zealand has to offer”.

“As well as being known for our high-quality products and services, we will be promoting New Zealand as an attractive destination for Japanese investors, tourists and students,” he said. 

Mr Luxon said Japan was a natural strategic partner for New Zealand in an increasingly contested world.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and sharing perspectives on global and regional issues, as well as agreeing some concrete ways New Zealand and Japan can step up our cooperation in relation to defence and security.” 

While in Japan, Mr Luxon will also celebrate strong rugby connections and space cooperation alongside hosting business and innovation events.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Amanda Luxon and Minister for Trade, Todd McClay.

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