New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Ambassador Patrick Rata calls on Deputy Prime Minister Hyun Oh-Seok
On 12 April Ambassador Patrick Rata paid an introductory call on Deputy Prime Minister Hyun Oh-Seok who is also the Minister of Strategy and Finance.
Ambassador Rata warmly congratulated Deputy Prime Minister Hyun on taking office and welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest with him. Deputy Prime Minister Hyun referred to New Zealand as a honeymoon destination and well-known location for movies. He also shared his experience from his business trip to New Zealand some years ago.
Referring to the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries last year, Ambassador Rata explained the growing bilateral relations in various areas with emphasis on the complementary nature of trade between New Zealand and Korea. Ambassador Rata pointed out that the conclusion of the Korea-New Zealand FTA would help the Korean Government achieve some of its major policy goals including support for small and medium-sized enterprises and development of a creative economy, and would bring the bilateral relationship to the next level.
Ambassador Rata shared the view that the Korea-New Zealand FTA will benefit both countries and play an important role in expanding economic cooperation between our two countries. Deputy Prime Minister mentioned that the two countries should work closely to progress the Korea-NZ FTA negotiations.