New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

New Zealand invites Brazil´s Secretary of Foreign Trade, Tatiana Prazeres, to visit the country as our inaugural ‘Prime Minister´s Fellow’ from Brazil

Prime Minister John Key and Tatiana Prazeres. Photo: Beehive

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, following his recent visit to Brazil and his goals to deepen bilateral relations, invited Brazil´s Secretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Tatiana Prazeres, to visit the country as the first `Prime Minister´s Fellow’ from Brazil.

From 5 to 10 May, she met with the Prime Minister, Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser, Deputy Secretaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Primary Industries and the Treasury, CEO of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, as well as delivering two public addresses and meeting with companies that do business and have productive investments in Brazil. The meetings were focused on how New Zealand had managed to lift productivity and remain competitive in today’s global trading environment, and with a strong currency, such as by liberalising external trade, focusing on areas of comparative advantage, and integrating its companies into global value chains. 

The Prime Minister selects a fellow from important countries in Latin America annually. Tatiana Prazeres is his first fellow from Brazil.  The visit was an important step in bridging both countries understanding and deepening mutual knowledge of respective trade and regional integration policies, as well as strengthening political and commercial ties. According to New Zealand Ambassador to Brazil, Jeffrey McAlister, “In a few days, not only did we share New Zealand´s story around our commercial and business development strategies, but also we learnt a lot from Brazil - its challenges and opportunities. We were very pleased with her visit.”


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