Prime Minister Key and China’s VP Xi witness the signing of a bilateral Arrangement
18 June 2010
Prime Minister John Key and China’s Vice President Xi Jingping will witness the signing of a bilateral Arrangement at a ceremony on Friday 18 June at Government House in Auckland. The Arrangement will establish a co-operative Work Plan for the development of effective and efficient means of electronic transfer of official phytosanitary assurances (certification data) between New Zealand and China.
This Work Plan Arrangement will formalise the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) initiative to share, improve and streamline the electronic transfer of phytosanitary certification data to manage and minimise fraud.
This follows the discovery of a major fraud associated with imports of plant products into China that were accompanied by false or bogus MAF phytosanitary certification.
MAF and AQSIQ have worked closely to address and improve their management of these processes. In particular, MAF appreciates the patience and perseverance of AQSIQ in their undertaking of manual inputs to date, receive and distribute MAF email notifications of phytosanitary certificates for plant & forestry products exported from New Zealand to China.
Vice President Xi Jinping is visiting New Zealand from 17-19 June 2010. The visit will provide an opportunity for New Zealand officials to develop important links with one of the key members of the Chinese Politiburo.
It is anticipated President Jinping will have meetings on a full range of bilateral, regional and international issues including the current global economic and security situation with the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker and Leader of the Opposition.