The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latin America New Zealand Business Council, Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence and Export New Zealand invite you to attend a public outreach session with New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator for the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Auckland on Tuesday 26 June.
Where: Fonterra Centre, 109 Fanshawe Street, Auckland
When: Tuesday 26 June, 12pm.
Cost: Free, but registration essential. A light lunch will be available.
What do the events involve?
New Zealand is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru). After four rounds of negotiations to date, these events will be an opportunity to hear about progress so far and next steps in the negotiations. They will also be an opportunity for you to share your views and priorities with negotiators first hand.
Background to the Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations
The Pacific Alliance is a Latin American free trade area and economic integration initiative established by Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The bloc is known for its dynamism in the region, and is together the world’s sixth-largest economy with over 220 million people. New Zealand and the Alliance launched FTA negotiations in June last year, with four rounds held since the first in October.
New Zealand continues to support the objective of concluding an ambitious and progressive FTA with the Alliance this year. Our priorities include a first FTA with Colombia; improved commitments with existing CPTPP partners Chile, Mexico, and Peru; and reflecting the Government’s progressive and inclusive trade agenda. Rapid progress is being made in a number of areas, and New Zealand has shared our key positions and proposals across the range of areas (a full list of issues is published on our website).
A call for submissions was held in September-October last year (submissions are published on our website), and again in March-April this year on progressive and inclusive elements of the FTA. The negotiations have also been regularly discussed as part of ongoing face-to-face trade policy engagement with Māori and with the general public in recent months. We continue to welcome feedback as negotiations progress.
Further details can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.