On Nov. 21, Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Yan met with Lain Jager, chief executive of Zespri International Limited at the invitation of CFNA.
Gao Yan welcomed Lain Jager and pointed out that the annual growth rate of the bilateral trade volume between China and New Zealand has grown to over 15% since the signing of the FTA agreement in 2008. Zespri has been doing business in China for years and actively participating in industrial activities. In recent years, by the lights of favorable conditions including China¡¯s Reform and Opening-up, the implementation of China-New Zealand FTA agreement, etc., Zespri¡¯s business in China has been flourishing and expanding from trade to planting, technological cooperation etc., which is significant to the growth of income of people in the western region. Zespri has broad prospects in China because there¡¯s huge potential for high-quality food, fruit included, in the Chinese market. CFNA is China¡¯s largest industrial organization of agricultural products. Gao Yan hoped that Zespri could strengthen cooperation with CFNA. Chinese government will provide transparent, foreseeable, and legitimate business environment to foreign enterprises.
Mr. Jager expressed appreciation to all the support and assistance from Chinese governments and industrial organizations. He said that Zespri¡¯s kiwi fruit export to China was growing quickly. Zespri has set a market expansion network headquartered in Shanghai, and a technological center. It has also establishedcooperation with Chinese governments of different levels. Zespri had full confidence in the Chinese market.
President BianZhenhu attended the meeting.