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New Zealand/Australia Free Trade Agreement ministerial discussions



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New Zealand/Australia Free

Trade Agreement Ministerial discussions

(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, the Rt. Hon. J. McEwen).

The Deputy, Prime Minister and Minister for

Trade and Industry, Mr. McEwen said today that the annual Ministerial review of the New Zealand/Australia Free Trade Agreement will take place in Canberra on 5th March.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Overseas Trade

in New Zealand, the Rt. Hon, J.R. Marshall will again represent New Zealand at the discussions.

Mr. 1,TcEwen said that he and Mr. Marshall had had regular meetings since they first negotiated the Agreement in 1965. The

discussions next week will be another in the series to review progress and to examine ways and means of making the Agreement more effective in the interests of both countries.

Mr. McEwen said that the Agreement, which is essentially of a long term nature is working well and has provided a basis

for closer trade relations. It has opened up new opportunities for firms on both sides of the Tasman to expand trade.

Total trade between the two countries has risen from $218.1m. in 1965/66. to ti233.6ni. in 1968/69, but because of devaluation by N.Z., these figures do not reflect the full extent of the increase in trade. In the current year it is again running at high levels.

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