NEW ZEALAND AMONG COUNTRIES COMMITTED TO KEEPING SUPPLY LINES OPEN

Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore with a commitment to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

“I welcome the commitment made by Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar in joining New Zealand and Singapore to help ensure our citizens can access the important goods and medical supplies we need in this time of global crisis,” said Trade and Export Growth Minister, David Parker.

Parker explained the importance of having assurance from key partners that trade lines between the countries would remain open, particularly to facilitate the flow of goods including essential supplies.

“Trade policy on its own can’t solve the problems and challenges we face, but it can and must be part of the solution,” continued Parker. “We are thinking about next steps and our shared commitment to address the global pandemic through global cooperation.”