We put forward “Open doors to INDIA”strategy on FTA -John Key
‘Lot on the agenda’ John Key Prepares for Better Negotiations with India
After 30 year, a Prime minister of India likely to visit New Zealand after Rajiv Gandhi on 1986
Making 2016 as a milestone for bilateral relationship of NZ and India
After Modi’s visit New Zealand became the only country in 2016 where President of India, Prime Minister of India, Parliamentary Speaker of India visited in a year
Factors still unknown that, no Indian leaders made any official visit to New Zealand during last 30 years, though NZ Indian community population is going to reach 2 lakh
Before going to official visit to India on Monday, John Key prepares for his best negotiations for Free Trade Agreement in addition to seeking other areas of bilateral co-operation with India. He wish to transform 2016 is remarkable period of co-operation with India.There are lot of inactive period of relationship in previous years, and this year both country seeking more co-operation each other. It is significant that, John Key initiated to made India the subject of its first “NZ Inc” strategy in 2011. But Congress led Government, do not interested to do further steps on FTA option put forward by the NZ Prime minister. Now the scenario totally changed, Indian prime minister now strengthen external affairs with all international countries. So John Key strongly hopes miracles on his visit.
The NZ Inc strategies are part of the government’s plan to strengthen the country’s economic, political and security relationships with some of its key international partners. Other than the two way trade and businesses, nearly 4 per cent of NZ population is of Indian ethnicity; Indian students are now around 29,000; tourists from India have increased to 46,000 and the Bollywood industry is choosing New Zealand as a favored location. All these involve people linkages which is also an important consideration both country chiefs.Hence the visit of the Prime Minister of NZ is vital given this background and the meeting of both Prime Ministers will be of great significance as we look forward to further strengthening the bond between both the countries.
India plays an important role in the International arena and also extend their hand of friendship to other countries to enable them play a greater role. Thus India has extended the hand of friendship to New Zealand. India has demonstrated the friendship with high level dignitary visits from India. The 1st visit of the President of India, Just a few months ago, is a significant step for taking the bilateral relationship to greater level.
Prime Minister of India seeking international support against terrorism, even if New Zealand not supported India for an entry to membership on Nuclear Suppliers Group, Mr Key followed similar bid eight years ago under former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Minister Phil Goff, laying down five conditions India needed to meet.The NSG aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by restricting the sale of items that can be used to make those arms.
Both Prime ministers were first met on 31st March of this year in Washington while they participated 2 day Nuclear Security Submit. They initiated a discussion bilateral co-operation in trade, technology, education and tourism.. This visit of John Key as a continuation of this talk
Pranab Mukherjee, who is the first Indian president to come to New Zealand in April 30th of this year . During his visit, New Zealand has signed a new air services agreement with India, enabling New Zealand airlines to code-share to seven Indian cities – Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi.
A Parliamentary delegation led by Hon’ble Loksabha speaker also made an official visit to New Zealand this year in Sept 17-22. During the visit, delegation called on David Carter, the Speaker of New Zealand Parliament and held a meeting with members of the New Zealand -India Parliamentary Friendship Group at Wellington
.This growing partnership between India and New Zealand definitely creates another milestone on bilateral relationship of both countries after the visit of Prime Minister John Key to India. It is expected that Narendra Modi will soon visit New Zealand after the visit John Key .While discussing with an under secretary of external affairs ministry of India, about NZ prime minister visit , ” we have a set of subjects for discussions, but most of the agreements finalise only after a while, when PM of India visit to NewZealand, which likely to happen after the visit of John Key. We are actively interested to discuss all possible areas of bilateral co-operations”. he said to Indianzherald.
One of diplomatic person of external affairs of India told unofficially to Indianzherald that, there might be restricted FreeTrade Agreement may possible after a serious discussion and negotiation or a FTA approval for short span one or two year as trial period and study the result and impacts on India.We produce 25 billion liters of Milk and NZ produce 2.5 billions liter of Milk every year. if FTA come to effect, we fear about the dairy market of India which support daily livelihood of middle class Indian dairy farmers. Major export of NZ is dairy products, we need more dairy products, but we try to produce within the country. he added
Welcoming the announcement, the General Secretary for India Trade Alliance, Sunil Kaushal said, “It is time for New Zealand businesses to take the Indian market seriously. While our common connections of Commonwealth, food, film and cricket are good connectors, we need to stress more on the people to people connect and the doors they can open.”
While the world’s third largest economy is growing at a fast pace, the role that New Zealand businesses can play in its growth are enormous. Sectors like biotechnology, healthcare, tourism and robotics are in great demand and New Zealand has skilled expertise in these.
Over the past five years India has become a source of skilled migrants, students and tourists, and trade had grown by 41 percent.
While the FTA talks have been progressing, a refreshing approach needs to be taken as NZ Inc redefines it’s‘Opening Doors to India’ strategy Prime Minister John Key to India
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