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Agreement entered into force 1 July 2005
Negotiations on a Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) Agreement between New Zealand and Thailand were concluded in November 2004. In parallel with the CEP, New Zealand and Thailand have negotiated Arrangements on Labour, Environment and Customs Cooperation. The two Prime Ministers announced the successful outcome of all these negotiations when they met at the ASEAN Summit on 30 November. The CEP Agreement, along with a National Interest Analysis, was submitted to the New Zealand Parliament under the Parliamentary treaty examination process on 9 March 2005, and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. The Agreement was signed on 19 April 2005 and entered into force on 1 July 2005.
The Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Kittiratt Na-Ranong met with Mr Groser in Honolulu on 12 November 2011 to carry out a general review of the New Zealand-Thailand Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEP) which entered into force on 1 July 2005.
Ministers endorsed the findings of a Joint Report which looked at the implementation, operation and impact of the CEP from 2005 to 2010 to assess the extent to which CEP implementation and mechanisms are serving the objectives of the CEP and the extent to which the CEP has facilitated the expansion of trade and investment. The report also considered the need for further implementation or cooperation measures, and/or changes to the CEP to enhance the achievement of objectives.
Ministers also issued a Joint Ministerial Statement which amongst other things, tasked officials to look at ways to improve the CEP so that it continues to deliver benefits consistent with a modern 21st century trade and economic partnership.
Steve McCombie, Asia Regional Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Chris Mullinder, Ministry of Economic Development
Telephone +64 4 470 2315
Customs Trade Policy, New Zealand Customs Service
Martin Garcia, Ministry of Economic Development
Telephone +64 4 474 2183