11 Feb 2009

New Zealand/Samoa talks to focus in sustainable development

2:08 pm on 11 February 2009

The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says his Government's emphasis on sustainable economic development will be a key matter discussed during this week's visit to Samoa.

Mr McCully is making his first official visit as Foreign Minister and says he will use the opportunity to underline the importance his Government attaches to the relationship with Samoa.

As well as political leaders, he will meet business people to discuss how New Zealand can assist private sector growth in Samoa, reflecting the Government's new approach to foreign aid.

"The new Government has made it clear that we intend to shift the emphasis away from poverty elimination towards stable economic development. That requires that we should have some discussions with our partners. It means that we should be looking just at what the opportunities are and how we might best go about pursuing them."

Murray McCully