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The visit co-ordinated by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise will meet with South African government, trade and business leaders in both Cape Town and Johannesburg to promote and strengthen ties of trade and friendship between the two countries.


New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Fletcher Tabuteau will lead a senior-level New Zealand business delegation to South Africa this week.

Tabuteau is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of New Zealand First. On 27 February 2018, he became the party’s deputy leader. Tabuteau was appointed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and the Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones.

The purpose of the visit is to grow companies internationally – bigger, better, faster – for the good of New Zealand and South Africa.

“The South African market presents significant potential for New Zealand businesses; and is our most diverse trading partner on the African continent on the African continent with more than NZ$300 million in exports,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

“Our Government supports New Zealand exporters to showcase their products and services to the world. Visits like this one are an important part of promoting the New Zealand brand and highlighting our values to a global audience of consumers.”

The visit will provide an opportunity for Mr Tabuteau to discuss New Zealand’s wider relationship with South Africa.

“We work to increase New Zealand companies’ international success by helping them boost their global reach and build capability. We use our connections and government influence on behalf of businesses, and apply local knowledge – from the NZTE team and a network of private sector experts – to help them enter and grow in international markets.

We also link businesses with services designed to improve efficiency and operations, spark innovation, refine strategy, enhance leadership, and access capital – building the capability they need to be successful. More successful international businesses will grow our economy to benefit all New Zealanders, by providing jobs and raising our standard of living.

We work alongside our NZ Inc partners within government and the business community to protect and build credibility in our national brand – helping businesses to open doors in global markets.”

New Zealand’s relationship with South Africa is our deepest and most diverse in Africa, highlighted by strong historical, political and sporting ties.

“I am looking forward to meeting with my South African counterparts and leaders of businesses in South Africa to showcase our world leading trade and innovation credentials, and further strengthen the ties of trade and friendship between our two countries,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.

The engagements in South Africa follows a bilateral visit to the United Arab Emirates which took place last week.

The New Zealand trade delegation will be visiting South Africa between the 2nd and the 6th of October 2018. For more information, please visit:

Sources: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)
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