Details of this week’s trade mission to the United States have been announced by the Prime Minister’s Office, confirming that Ardern has recovered from Covid and will be able to travel as originally planned.
She departs New Zealand tonight, Monday May 23.
The PM will be accompanied by trade and export growth minister Damien O’Connor, along with business leaders from the fields of technology and tourism, plus export food companies Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri.
The prime minister will visit New York, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.
In New York, she will meet the United Nations secretary general. She also plans to meet with editors of leading tourism publications and meet with investors invited by the US Chamber of Commerce, and will attend a launch event for sustainable meat exports.
In Washington she will meet senior members of the Senate.
In Boston she will give the commencement address at the 371st Harvard Commencement ceremony.
In San Francisco, she will meet the governor of California, Gavin Newsom.
The PM will also meet top technology executives from Twitter, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to discuss investment, skills development for New Zealanders in the tech industries, digital cooperation and to further Christchurch Call objectives.
“A big focus of the trip will be supporting business linkages and technology partnerships with US innovators that have the potential to accelerate New Zealand’s sustainable economic recovery,” said Ardern.
“The United States is our third largest trading partner and is our largest market for services. US firms are planning multi-billion dollar investments in cloud computing capability in New Zealand which will unlock big growth opportunities for digital exports to the world and we want to see more of that.
She continued: “The US was our third largest tourist market for arrivals pre Covid-19, and with travellers planning their visits months before coming in the New Zealand summer now is the right time to be visible in the US market letting American’s know we are open for business and travel.
“The United States relationship is fundamental to us in political and security terms too. In a world of increasing challenges, we need to work closely with friends who share our values, so this is an important trip to be making right now.”