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Phil Goff Receives Top China Business Accolade

June 7, 2019

Former Trade Minister Phil Goff has been recognised for his past and ongoing leadership in building New Zealand China relations.

Goff received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand-China Business Relationship at the 2019 New Zealand China Trade Association New Zealand China Business Awards last night.  He was nominated by Fonterra and chosen from among several high-quality contenders.

New Zealand China Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi says Goff’s track record in championing and strengthening ties between New Zealand and China is exemplary.

“Throughout his career, Goff has successfully strengthened ties with China in a number of fields, notably in his former role as Minister for Trade.

“New Zealand’s 2008 Free Trade Agreement, the first that China signed with a developed economy, could not have been achieved without his leadership,” Mr Jacobi says.

Prior to the signing of the FTA, Goff oversaw successive rounds of negotiations between New Zealand and China, resulting in an agreement that removed or eliminated tariffs for New Zealand products, and future-proofed trading rules.

“Exports from New Zealand to China now stand at more than $15 billion, benefitting Kiwis from all walks of life.  In large part, this comes down to the commitment shown by Phil Goff as Minister along with his officials.

“This award also recognises Goff’s ongoing contribution to the relationship as Mayor of New Zealand’s largest and most ethnically diverse city,” Mr Jacobi says.

The Award is sponsored by the New Zealand China Council. Last year’s winner was former Prime Minister Sir John Key.


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