New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

Two opportunities to learn about the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement in May

Lowered tariffs, increased levels of certainty about the business environment, special arrangements for Filipino workers and agreements on labour and environmental cooperation.  All of these will feature in two presentations on the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) in Manila during the week of May 24.

The Philippines New Zealand Business Council (PNZBC) will feature the AANZFTA in its regular bi-monthly members forum on the evening of 25 May, with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Ramon Kabigting as a special guest.  ASec Kabigting was the Philippines’ lead negotiator, so he knows the details of the FTA better than most.

Later in the week, DTI will host a business forum on the afternoon of 28 May at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.  The forum will provide a venue for the private sector to learn more about the details of the agreement, including three separate targeted roundtable discussions (on goods, services and investment).  New Zealand’s AANZFTA lead negotiator Vangelis Vitalis will provide advice on the impact the FTA could have on investments flows between the relevant countries.

Other presentations at the business forum will be led by private sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand, and will focus on how to do business in those countries.

If you are interested in attending the PNZBC bi-monthly members forum or joining PNZBC, please contact the secretariat on  Non-members can attend for a nominal fee.

If you would like to register for the DTI business forum please contact Ms Lala Castro of the DTI Bureau of Export Trade Promotion on 02 890 4755 or

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