Aotearoa New Zealand hosts CPTPP in 2023

Aotearoa New Zealand takes over from Singapore as chair of CPTPP in 2023, hosting a year-long programme of meetings and events.

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The centrepiece of Aotearoa New Zealand’s host year will be the Seventh Commission Meeting in July in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, bringing together trade ministers and delegations from 10 other economies in the Asia Pacific region.

Aotearoa New Zealand is looking forward to being the chair and host in 2023 and showcasing our country internationally. It is an opportunity to work with the CPTPP membership to further regional economic integration and promote inclusive and sustainable trade that delivers economic opportunity, prosperity and benefits for all our people.

In addition to highlighting the importance of inclusive and sustainable trade, Aotearoa New Zealand will use its host year to promote indigenous trade and economic empowerment, working with members to ensure that the Agreement remains relevant to the trade and investment issues we collectively face, and developing practical initiatives that deliver gains for exporters.

There will be ongoing discussions on the United Kingdom’s accession process and on the subsequent applications in accordance with the CPTPP Accession Process. The interest being shown in CPTPP is welcome. Six economies have already formally applied to join CPTPP since its entry into force.

What are Aotearoa New Zealand’s objectives for CPTPP in 2023?

We are developing a work programme based on four high-level objectives that will guide our host year: 

  1. Advancing ratifications and accessions: Supporting the expansion of CPTPP by economies that are willing to demonstrate they can meet and adhere to its high standards is a key objective for Aotearoa New Zealand. Efficient, fair accession rules and processes will help make CPTPP more attractive for potential aspirants.
  2. Effective and improved implementation of CPTPP: The successful implementation of CPTPP is critical to realising its trade facilitation benefits ­­­–helping make trade (imports and exports) faster, cheaper, and more predictable, while ensuring its safety and security. Our hosting year presents the opportunity to focus on two priority areas: supporting the CPTPP Three Year Review and enhancing digital trade facilitation including in Customs processes. This will help to ensure that the Agreement remains relevant and brings tangible benefits to CPTPP members.
  3. Promoting inclusive and sustainable trade: Aotearoa New Zealand as host has the opportunity to showcase our Trade for All agenda, which will include a focus on indigenous trade and promote inclusive and sustainable trade.
  4. Delivering a high-quality and authentic host year: Aotearoa New Zealand’s hosting will create opportunities to showcase our country and show manaakitanga to our guests.

Key dates

Date Meeting
21 February 1st Senior Officials Meeting
18-19 April 2nd Senior Officials Meeting
13 July 3rd Senior Officials Meeting
15-16 July Ministerial-Level Commission Meeting
4 October 4th Senior Officials Meeting
Week of 13 November 5th Senior Officials Meeting

Meeting summaries


Throughout our hosting year we will look to reflect the interests of all New Zealanders, and we will be working closely with Treaty partners and domestic stakeholders to achieve this.

How can New Zealanders have their say?

Read more about how we consult on free trade agreements.


Key documents, including press releases and public information papers, are provided below.


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