Trading with Russia

Exporters trading with Russia will be focusing on Vladivostok as trade talks take place there next week.

A delegation of business people is participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Chief Executive Summit and related meetings in Vladivostock, Russia, during the week of 3 September, according to the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF).

“The Vladivostock meeting takes place as Russia takes up its long-awaited and welcome entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and as further progress is made to build the foundations for future growth in the Asia-Pacific region,” says NZIBF executive director Stephen Jacobi.

“New Zealand has a major stake in the future economic success of the Economic APEC region which takes over 70 percent of our exports. Negotiations now underway amongst eleven APEC economies to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are aimed at eliminating trade barriers, reducing the cost and complexity of doing business and providing a pathway to a future Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). New Zealand is also negotiating a free trade agreement with the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.”

Russia’s 2012 chairmanship in APEC is promoting the domestic economy’s organic integration into the system of economic ties in the Asia Pacific Region (APR) in the interests of modernisation- and innovation-driven economic development, primarily in Siberia and the Russian Far East.

The fourth and final meeting this year of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will take place in Vladivostock 3-6 September. ABAC members will present their views and recommendations directly to APEC Economic Leaders, including Prime Minister John Key, on 8 September. They will be joined at the APEC CEO Summit 7-8 September by several New Zealand chief executives.

This year’s Summit – under the theme Addressing Challenges. Expanding Possibilities. – will explore how business can contribute to future prosperity in the region through trade liberalisation, safe food and water supply, infrastructure development, the fostering of innovation and new transportation routes.

In the year ending December 2011, Russia was 14th on the list of New Zealand’s top trading partners. The country imported $44 million (fob) worth of New Zealand sheepmeat and about $11 million worth of frozen New Zealand beef.

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