New Zealand has officially opened its first diplomatic mission to the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) bloc in Jakarta, Trade Minister Tim Groser said Friday.
â€œThe opening of a New Zealand Mission is a significant demonstration of our commitment to the region. It comes at an important time. This year marks the 40th anniversary of New Zealandâ€™s formal relationship with ASEAN, and also the year that ASEAN will launch the ASEAN Community,â€ Tim Groser said who opened the mission.
â€œASEAN is now home to around 625 million people and has a combined GDP of USD2.4 trillion. Taken as a bloc, ASEAN is now the seventh largest economy in the world and New Zealandâ€™s fourth largest trading partner. ASEAN has become a pillar of New Zealand trade.â€
While in Jakarta, Minister Groser also warmly welcomed the signing of a contract between New Zealand solar power company, Power Technology ASEAN Ltd, and Indonesian conglomerate, Sekar Group.
In the contract the parties agree to work together to develop ASEANâ€™s first environmentally-sustainable shrimp farm in Sumbawa. Powertech ASEAN will provide the design and installation expertise to the Sekar Group.
â€œWe have long been involved with Indonesia in the development of Indonesiaâ€™s huge renewable energy production in geothermal power, where New Zealand obviously has world-leading technology.â€
â€œIt is therefore very pleasing that we are now starting to see that smart New Zealand companies in other areas of the renewable energy equation â€“ in this case, solar â€“ can contribute to Indonesiaâ€™s low-carbon energy security,â€ Groser said.
Trade Minister Groserâ€™s visit to Indonesia is part of a series of events held in ASEAN countries this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of New Zealand-ASEAN relations.
Originally from Scoop.Â