Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Racing, visited the United Arab Emirates and the Expo 2020 Dubai site in November 2019.
During a three-day visit to Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters was taken on a tour of the Dubai Expo 2020 site and was able to inspect the construction site of New Zealand’s pavilion.
“Expo 2020 will achieve major success,” Minster Peters told Al Bayan Business.
“I visited the Expo 2020 site the New Zealand pavilion, and (acting) on behalf of the New Zealand taxpayers, we are delighted with the progress made where construction in the New Zealand Pavilion is going faster than scheduled and we expect to be one the first completed pavilions.”
Minister Peters also met with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates.
They discussed a range of topics including regional and international issues and their hope to strengthen bilateral ties between the UAE and New Zealand.
After their meeting, Minister Peters signed an agreement regarding the development of renewable energy projects between the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance also met with Minister Peters, receiving him at the Dubai Ruler's Court where they discussed how to enhance relations between the two countries, particularly in the investment field.
Mohammed Ibrahim AI Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler's Court, and Matthew Hawkins, New Zealand's Ambassador to the UAE, were also present.
Before his trip to the UAE, Minister Peters stated: “New Zealand enjoys a dynamic and wide-ranging relationship with the UAE, an important partner for New Zealand in the Gulf region, our 10th largest trading partner and a hub for air links and trade with Europe and the wider region.”
He also added: “New Zealand’s participation in Expo 2020 is an unparalleled opportunity to highlight and promote New Zealand globally as an innovative, knowledge-led economy.”
Expo 2020 will commence in October 2020 and will run for six months under the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, and will see