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Negotiations on the New Zealand – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) successfully concluded on 31 October following six rounds of negotiations.
The FTA is a significant achievement for New Zealand and secures new and improved access into some of our most important Middle East markets. Exports to GCC - made up of Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar - totalled NZ$1.3 billion in the year to June 2009, an increase of 218% since 2000. The group now ranks as our seventh largest trading partner with bilateral trade worth $3.85 billion.
Officials must now complete the legal verification process before the FTA can be put before Ministers for signature. Details of the agreement will be made public upon signature.
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