Malaysia, NZ optimistic that trade agreement will boost bilateral ties

Nov 25, 2016
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Malaysia and New Zeland have expressed confidence that the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA) would continue to develop trade, investment and economic linkages between Malaysia and New Zealand.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement today said the trade ministers of both countries reaffirmed their commitment to a shared vision of the Agreement as an effective and comprehensive platform from which to deliver significant trade and investment benefits to both economies.

Both Parties have delivered on their commitments, including in relation to tariff elimination, services liberalisation, treatment of investments, and creation of institutional frameworks and mechanisms for the management of the Agreement, said the statement.

New Zealand Minister of Trade Todd McClay and Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed met in Lima on Nov 18 and acknowledged the conclusion of the first General Review of the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (the Agreement), which entered into force on Aug 1, 2010.

The ministers agreed that strong trade and investment flows between the two economies are underpinned by a close and cooperative working relationship.

“The Agreement is an important achievement for both economies, establishing a solid platform to develop further trade and investment opportunities.

“They welcomed the Review Report which concludes that the operation and implementation of the Agreement is serving the Agreement’s objectives to strengthen Malaysia and New Zealand’s bilateral relationship and to liberalise and expand bilateral trade,” it said.

New Zealand’s goods exports to Malaysia increased by 34 per cent from NZ$705 million (US$444 million) in 2009 to NZ$943 million (US$665 million) in 2015.

Malaysia’s goods exports to New Zealand increased by 70 per cent from NZ$0.9 billion (US$0.55 billion) in 2009 to NZ$1.46 billion (US$1.02 billion) in 2015.

Services exports, investment flows and visitor numbers have also all increased since MNZFTA’s entry into force.

Source: Bernama