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31 Oct 2013
Rupert Holborow met the INZBC members at EY building in Auckland on Thursday, 31 october 2013.
He spoke about the current status of the FTA with india and the challenges faced for making it a reality. He also shed light on the economic situation of New Zealand and the vision for foreign trade and investments. According to Rupert the government is targetting to increase the share of exports in GDP from 30% to above 40% mark by 2025. This he says, would be possible by not depending any any one single country, but a more balanced approach to trading partners.
With refrence to FTA with China, he suggested that the is has been a great achievement of of great benefit to New Zealand. However the government has to be aware that the 'opportunity' does not turn into 'risk'. With regard to the FTA with India he said that there has been some good development with the Indian counterpart, however the key issues need to be resolved.
Rupert adressed the INZBC EC members and thaked them for their cooperation for making a very cordial relation with the Indian counterpart, Mr. Dadoo for the FTA negotiations.
Rupert is the Divisional Manager, Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is also tasked with leading New Zealand's Free Trade Talks with India as the lead negotiator. Prior to his current role, Rupert was the High Commissioner to India. Rupert is well respected amongst his peers both in New Zealand and India.