WELLINGTON, May 14 (Xinhua) -- An arrangement signed by New Zealand and China paves the way for future forestry cooperation and boosts bilateral trade, Minister of Forestry Shane Jones said on Tuesday.
The arrangement was signed Tuesday in Wellington by Shane Jones and Zhang Jianlong, director of China’s National Forestry and Grasslands Administration.
“The updated arrangement supports and strengthens links between government, industry and research institutes in New Zealand and China. It provides a framework to address matters such as sustainability, wood processing and utilization, and trade and investment,” Jones said.
“A number of Chinese companies choose to use wood sourced from New Zealand for their manufacturing, and I’m keen to see how we can grow the relationship further, especially for our respective wood processing industries. With my Chinese counterpart, I have agreed that officials will cooperate to encourage increased trade, including in value-added wood products,” Jones said.