New Zealand business will benefit from five new agreements signed today that further cement the growing relationship between China and New Zealand, deputy prime minister Bill English says.
The governments concluded two bilateral arrangements this morning – one to improve market access for apples into China and one to boost scientific cooperation on fresh water management and protection.
"The protocol on New Zealand’s apple exports into China clarifies pest management conditions and will give greater certainly for New Zealand apple exporters," English said. "On fresh water, we will both benefit from encouraging knowledge and expertise to be shared between New Zealand's and China's scientists."
Three commercial deals were also signed off. They are:
- A clean energy joint venture between China’s steel producers Shaogang and New Zealand company LanzaTech, which develops technology to convert waste gas to ethanol, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions of steelmaking in China.
- A memorandum of understanding between PwC (formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and the China Development Bank, could result in greater co-operation on major development projects, including in Canterbury.
- A cultural agreement between China Radio International and World TV Limited, provides new Chinese language content and editorial resources to the station, which broadcasts in New Zealand.