Our relationship with Pakistan

New Zealand has a longstanding relationship with Pakistan based around our shared membership in the Commonwealth and other international groups. We were part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government decision to re-admit Pakistan after civilian rule resumed in 2008. We also engage Pakistan in the United Nations and World Trade Organisation.

There is an active Pakistani community in New Zealand. Ashraf Choudhary became the first Pakistan-born MP to serve in the New Zealand Parliament when he took office in 2002. New Zealand and Pakistan regularly play each other in international cricket competitions.

Small numbers of scholarship students funded by the Pakistan government attend New Zealand universities.

Trade

2016 Statistics

Total trade in goods 

$159 million

 

Exports to Pakistan

$87 million 

Top exports: Dairy products, cocoa, iron and steal

Imports from Pakistan

$72 million

Top imports: Textiles, cereals, clothing, cotton
 

 

 

GDP

US$283 billion

 
GDP per capita US $5280  
GDP growth  5.7%  

Trade between Pakistan and New Zealand is moderate but growing quite rapidly. Agriculture, food products and education have been identified as areas for future growth.

The Pakistan - New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Professionals, based in New Zealand, helps to facilitate trade between our two countries.

Aid

We provide assistance on a case by case basis in response to disasters and humanitarian needs. We have helped to fund the United Nations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in Pakistan:

  • NZ$500,000 towards the international response to the 2011 floods in Pakistan
  • NZ$6 million, in two tranches, towards the international response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan
  • NZ$1 million in 2009 to assist people displaced by fighting between the Pakistan government and Islamic extremists

Small amounts of funding are available through a Head of Mission Fund administered by MFAT. This fund has helped to provide water pumps in remote villages, medical equipment, micro-credit funding, and assistance to schools.

New Zealand NGOs can apply for funding for economic development initiatives from New Zealand’s Aid Programme’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Embassies

New Zealand is represented in Pakistan by the New Zealand Embassy Tehran, Iran.

Pakistan is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission for Pakistan, Wellington

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Pakistan
  • 2017: MFAT Senior Officials visited Islamabad for Foreign Ministry talks and Joint Trade and Economic Consultations
  • 2014: Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully visited
  • 2007: Minister of Defence Hon Phil Goff attended a Cairns Group agricultural trade meeting
  • 2004: Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Phil Goff visited
Pakistan to New Zealand
  • 2015: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation visited Wellington for Foreign Ministry Talks
  • 2012: Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood led the Pakistan delegation at the inaugural Pakistan-New Zealand Joint Trade Commission
  • 2005: President Musharraf visited
  • 2005: Foreign Minister Kasuri visited

Travel to Pakistan

Get advice about travel to Pakistan on the Safe Travel website (external link)

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