Joint press release: Hon Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade and Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade
Malaysia will tomorrow host the inaugural Integration Partnership Forum of ASEAN nations, Australia and New Zealand to discuss the benefits of regional economic integration and trade deals.
Drawing on the example of close commercial ties between Australia and New Zealand , ASEAN countries will consider ways to strengthen their economic ties as they build a single ASEAN Economic Community.
The Forum, being held in Kuala Lumpur, was initially proposed by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in discussions with ASEAN leaders last October. The idea was further developed by Prime Minister Key and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in February this year.
The new Forum will share the Trans-Tasman experience of Closer Economic Relations (CER) with senior ASEAN officials responsible for ASEAN regional integration. Australian and New Zealand experts at the forum will include senior figures from government, business and academia.