Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke by phone this morning with David Parker, New Zealand’s minister for trade and export growth.
The main topic of their conversation was the free-trade draft agreement between the EU and New Zealand. Mr. Lemoyne noted that France favored expanding trade with New Zealand and concluding a mutually beneficial agreement that would take into account the concerns of both parties, notably with regard to agriculture as well as the agreement’s impact on the economies of our Pacific communities.
He reiterated France’s wish that the agreement fully take into account the demands for transparency put forward by public opinion and elected officials, the implementation of the Paris agreement and the social responsibility of companies in accordance with the action plan decided by the government following the adoption of the comprehensive economic and commercial agreement between Canada and the EU.
Mr. Lemoyne and his interlocutor also discussed the status of the multilateral trading system, underscoring the need to preserve it.
France and New Zealand have close, longstanding ties based on shared values forged on the battlefields of the First World War. They maintain a regular dialogue on the international situation. In 2017, France registered a trade surplus with New Zealand on the order of €49 million.