26 Aug 2009

Asia-Pacific free trade deal near - minister

8:33 am on 26 August 2009

A Free Trade Agreement involving the major Asia-Pacific economies could be a step closer.

New Zealand already has free trade deals with China and the ASEAN group.

Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has met the trade ministers of Australia, South-East Asia, Japan, India, China and Korea.

He told Parliament they agreed to recommend to their leaders a study into a Free Trade Agreement.

Mr Groser said the topic will be considered at the East Asia summit to be held in Thailand in October.