Details of this week’s trade mission to the United States have been announced by the Prime Minister’s Office, confirming that Ardern has recovered from Covid and will be able to travel as originally planned.
She is leaving New Zealand tonight, Monday May 23.
The Prime Minister will be joined by Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor, as well as business leaders from technology and tourism, as well as export food companies Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri.
The Prime Minister will travel to New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.
In New York, she will meet the Secretary General of the United Nations. She also plans to meet with editors of major travel publications and meet with investors invited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and will attend a launch event for sustainable meat exports.
In Washington, she will meet eminent members of the Senate.
In Boston, she will deliver the commencement address at Harvard’s 371st launch ceremony.
In San Francisco, she will meet the governor of California, Gavin Newsom.
The Prime Minister will also meet with key tech executives from Twitter, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to discuss investment, developing New Zealanders’ skills in tech industries, digital cooperation and pursuing goals. of the Christchurch call.
“A major focus of the trip will be to support business ties and technology partnerships with American innovators who have the potential to accelerate New Zealand’s sustainable economic recovery,” Ardern said.
“The United States is our third largest trading partner and largest services market. American companies are planning multi-billion dollar investments in cloud computing capacity in New Zealand, which will open up great growth opportunities for digital exports to the world and we want to see more of that.
She continued: “The United States was our third largest tourist market for arrivals before Covid-19, and with travelers planning their visits months ahead of coming New Zealand summer, it is now the right one. time to be visible in the American market by letting Americans know that we are open for business and travel.
“The relationship with the United States is also fundamental for us in political and security terms. In a world of increasing challenges, we need to work closely with friends who share our values, so this is an important journey to take at this time.