Ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement between ASEAN and Asia Pacific countries continue to raise concerns among civil society organizations about the potential for negative social and environmental impacts. New Zealanders are invited to public meetings to learn more about our trade negotiation agenda. On February 27, 2009, New Zealand and its close partner, Australia, signed a free trade agreement with the 10-country ASEAN regional bloc. It is estimated that a free trade agreement with ASEAN would increase the total GDP of the 12 countries by more than $48 billion over the 2000-2020 period, with New Zealand alone reaching an additional $3.4 billion.   „At the sixth ASEAN Summit, Vice President [Mike] Pence forwarded president [Donald] Trump with an offer to conclude bilateral trade agreements with each Indo-Pacific nation that will be our partner and respect the principles of fair and reciprocal trade,“ Peters said. „We are here to say that New Zealand, in our meteoric record and attitude towards free and fair trade, is quite willing to accept the President`s offer.“ Over the past 20 years, he said, the United States has negotiated only three free trade agreements in Asia – agreements with Australia, South Korea and Singapore. MFAT is leading negotiations on New Zealand`s Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Free trade agreements open up market opportunities, streamline processes, reduce costs and create more security and security for companies operating abroad. They help New Zealand companies become more competitive and stay in overseas markets. Peters` speech coincided with a visit to Washington to discuss a delegate who attended the ministerial conference to advance freedom of religion, the possibility of a trade agreement, including the reintegration of the United States into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a bilateral agreement between the United States and New Zealand. Our exports to Thailand have almost doubled since the agreement came into force.
This meeting allowed Peters not only to pitch for Pacific trade agreements, but also to explain how they want to make partnerships work – for trade and other opportunities, including the aid program. New Zealand is at the forefront of global initiatives that show how trade can support broader environmental and sustainable development goals. New Zealand is negotiating five free trade agreements, and another negotiation process is underway. How we negotiate free trade agreements and why they are important to New Zealand. New Zealand is a strong partner and friend of the United States. The U.S. diplomatic presence in New Zealand dates back to the commissioning of the first American consul in 1838. Formal diplomatic relations were established in 1942, after the United Kingdom recognized New Zealand`s national and external autonomy within the British Empire. During World War II, U.S. military personnel were deployed to New Zealand to prepare for battles such as Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The United States and New Zealand share common elements of history and culture and a commitment to democratic principles.
New Zealand`s post-World War II relations with the United States were closely linked to the Australia-New Zealand-United States Security Treaty (1951), in which the signatories agreed to consult and „face the common danger“ in the event of an attack in the Pacific. This changed in the 1980s, when New Zealand effectively prevented practical cooperation within the ANS from a policy that excludes nuclear and nuclear warships from its ports.