New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to visit US for trade, tourism

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will head a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the government's reconnection strategy to boost export development and the return of tourists in the post-Covid-19 era, according to an official statement released on Monday.

In a statement, it is mentioned that the business delegation will promote commerce and tourist prospects in New Zealand's third-largest export and visitor market. During her visit, Ardern will also give a graduating address at Harvard University.

The Prime Minister will leave on Monday evening, joined by the Trade Minister and corporate leaders from technology and tourist industries, as well as innovative food producers Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri. 

According to Ardern, the United States is New Zealand's third-biggest economic partner and largest service market. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States was New Zealand's third-largest tourism market for arrivals.

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