takes a step forward towards closer ties with NZ
New Straits Times - Saturday, 07 June 2003
Zealand's Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton opened the centre, which
will focus on education, trade and investment.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan and acting New Zealand High
Commissioner to Malaysia David Pine were among those present to witness the
opening of the centre in Jalan Utama.
who is also New Zealand Agriculture Minister, Forestry Minister Biosecurity
Minister and Rural Affairs Minister, said ties between his country and Sarawak
could be strengthened in many fields.
must continue to work together in areas such as education, tourism and
Chan said both countries have a history of close and friendly links dating back
to the education-related Colombo Plan, Commonwealth ties, and shared security
Chan, who is also State Industrial Development Minister and Finance and Public
Utilities Minister, said two-way trade between. New Zealand and Malaysia stood
at RM2.4 billion last year.
was New Zealand's eighth largest, bilateral trading partner, 12th largest export
market globally, and sixth largest source of imports. Dr Chan hoped to see more
co-operation between New Zealand and Sarawak, especially in education.
NZ Centre represents all universities and a number of institutions and schools
in New Zealand. It plays the role of secretariat to business start-up for
companies between both sides.