Scottish secretary David Mundell to visit New Zealand this week

Published on : Tuesday, July 31, 2018

indexScottish Secretary David Mundell will be visiting New Zealand this week, and meet with businesses and political leaders on a packed program of trade and diplomatic engagement. Mr. Mundell is visiting the North and South Islands to promote UK-New Zealand trade. He will also be promoting Scottish food and drink exports and strengthening ties between the two countries.

The links between Scotland and New Zealand are well established – Dunedin and Edinburgh are twinned and there is a large and active Scottish population across New Zealand. The two countries have much in common, including rural tourism, agricultural technology, culture and education.

Mr. Mundell will be touring a variety of locations across New Zealand including Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. He will spend time with academics and government leaders, as well as businesses and entrepreneurs.

Before his visit, Mr Mundell said, “As we embark on a new era for Global Britain this is an important opportunity to promote Scotland and the wider UK overseas. New Zealand is a country which already enjoys strong ties to Scotland. Our shared history goes back many years and we retain unique business and academic links. I believe our two countries can also learn from each other in areas such as agri-tech and tourism. I am looking forward to visiting Lincoln University’s Research Dairy Farm to witness innovations into agri-tech such as herd welfare and the environmental impact of farming.”

He added, “I’ll also be meeting senior New Zealand government ministers and business leaders as part of our effort to deepen our links. The visit will be a great opportunity to promote Scotland’s world leading exports such as whisky. Scotland’s skills, products and services are exceptional, and I’m confident this visit will help develop trading opportunities as we leave the EU.”

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