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Bill English to take 'relationship building' trip to Hong Kong

Published: 5:28PM Friday March 15, 2013 Source: ONE News

Finance Minister Bill English will visit Hong Kong for two days next week, where he will deliver a keynote speech to the annual Asia Investment Conference and meet a number of business and political leaders.

English said Asia was an important and growing export and investment partner for New Zealand and he was "keen to keep building on our relationships in the region".

"While other parts of the world, particularly Europe and the United States, are struggling with too much debt and little or no growth, Asia continues to provide New Zealand with opportunities," he said.

The Asian Investment Conference is one of Asia-Pacific's longest running forums, and attracts a wide range of influential corporate leaders, economists, policy makers and investors.

English speaks to the conference on March 20.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the participants and discussing the Government's economic programme with them," he said.

English will also meet business and political leaders, including Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang.

He will return to New Zealand on March 21.