India visit to boost trade

Boosting trade and strengthening a primary industries relationship is the focus of a visit to India this week by Primary Industries Minister David Carter.

India was a "rapidly rising player" in the Asia-Pacific region and New Zealand was keen to develop stronger economic ties, Mr Carter said.

He will have discussions with the agriculture and trade ministers and hold a series of primary industry meetings.

He will be joined by representatives of New Zealand's dairy, meat, horticulture and agri-tech sectors.

The meetings would further strengthen the New Zealand-India relationship and give the countries the opportunity to canvass a range of issues.

"India is one of our top trade negotiating priorities," Mr Carter said.

"A successful free trade agreement will help expand businesses and create jobs," he said.

Mr Carter will also travel to Indonesia, where he will open the inaugural joint working group on agriculture in Jakarta and hold a series of trade and agriculture meetings, and Sri Lanka.


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