(Beehive Website) 16/1/2023 Trade & Export- Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor (Beehive Website) to attend the World Economic Forum and visiting Europe to discuss the agriculture Trade and in climate change and food security, World Trade Org., (UN) reform and NZ Agriculture Innovation in meetings at DAVOS then travelling on to Berlin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture meetings with the German Govt and industry leaders. (Refers to Climate Change challenge of all countries). Beehive report that “The World Economic Forum bring together civil society, business, political leader annually  (Did not mention philanthropist like Gates, nor royalty and those wealthy from Silicon Valley)

The Beehive documents that “This years World Economic Forum theme is ‘Cooperation in a Fragmented World’. Damien O’Connor participating in a panel on indigenous trade and attending a Swiss hosted ministerial meeting with a Canada hosted group namely the ‘Ottawa Group’ Damien O’Connor said that the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture provides a showcase for NZ’s global leadership, innovation in sustainable agriculture. It’s the worlds largest informal conference of agriculture ministers and industry. NZ’s attendance is reported t enhance the govts credentials as a global leader in agriculture innovation.

The Ottawa Group meeting presents the opportunity to discuss how we work towards this goal with our partners,” Damien O’Connor said.

Damien O’Connor said the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture provides a platform to showcase New Zealand’s global leadership and innovation in sustainable agriculture. O’Connor was” looking for partnership opportunities for climate research in agriculture” he said. O’Connor referred to the WEF DAVOS meetings and the Global Forum for Foods and Agriculture as an opportunity to lobby for the ratification of the EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement as well as for NZ’s candidate for Director General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) Dr. John Barker. Damien O’Connor travelling from 17/1/2023 to 25/1/2023


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